In collaboration with the Wonder of Science, we piloted (no pun intended) a new program 'Flying Scientists: Engaging Rural Queenslanders in Science'.
The Flying Scientists are early career researchers that accompany Young Science Ambassadors into regional Queensland centres for community Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) awareness events. The pilot program was been developed to address the shortage of science related events convened outside South East Queensland – see a recent survey report (PDF, 1MB) commissioned by OQCS which highlights this.
In 2016, three scientists (Dr Paul Pounds, Dr Cheryl McCarthy and Dr Kate Hutson) visited five regions across Queensland (Wandoan, Roma, Charleville, Longreach and Cooktown) reaching over 350 people.
The program will begin again in early 2017.