Primary Industry Centre for Science Education


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New funding for initiative encouraging students to become scientists

The Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE) has been awarded $642,000 in Federal funding to help today’s students become tomorrow’s scientists.

The national program, titled Maximising Student and Teaching Engagement with Science Professionals to Address the Shortage of Qualified Science Professionals, received $642,000 through the Federally funded Australian Maths and Science Partnerships Program. It will be delivered through PICSE, a program driven by the University of Tasmania in collaboration with a range of national and regional partners.

PICSE Program Manager, Mr Gordon Stone, said the funding allows continuing support for encouraging students to pursue science based careers.

“Australia is extremely well-placed to capitalise on the ‘knowledge economy’, and science provides real opportunities for today’s young thinkers to become tomorrow’s thought leaders,” Mr Stone explained.

The PICSE project will expand a proven national program that addresses the shortfall of students, especially in regional areas, taking science from high school and into university by:

  • Helping talented young people transition to higher-education courses in preparation for entering the professional science-based workforce.
  • Providing an experiential suite of opportunities for students and their communities to engage in
  • Making science pathways real and desirable for students.
  • Increasing the knowledge and skills of teachers in delivering science subjects within the Curriculum, through engagement with local industry science professionals.

The PICSE National Office is based at UTAS Cradle Coast Campus in Burnie, North West Tasmania and the PICSE program operates through a range of Activity Centres based in regional locations around Australia.

The PICSE Science Education Officers, based predominantly at Australian partner universities, are looking forward to continuing engagement with local teachers and students to support the promotion of science based careers.

Mr Stone highlighted the critical nature of the project’s focus on supporting the professional development of teachers, as well as direct engagement of both regional and urban students and creating direct connection with innovative employers.

National Media contact: PICSE Program Manager, Gordon Stone, on 0408 063 229

PICSE contact: Debbie Worley, Exec Asst, National PICSE Office:  (03) 6430 4517

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