National Science Week
School Theme - Food: Different By Design
The Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) is pleased to confirm that in 2021, the National Science Week school theme and title is Food: Different by Design. Each year, ASTA considers the United Nations “International Year Of…” when exploring potential themes, and 2021 provides us with both the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables and the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development.
In keeping with these UN topics, Food: Different by Design covers a broad range of areas in food production and sustainable agriculture, enabling students to explore topics such as biosecurity, food technology, laboratory-developed foods, etc… Naturally, scientific development will be at the core of the theme, with other potential “hands-on” research and development projects for students to explore.
ASTA CEO, Shenal Basnayake notes that “Food: Different By Design is a timely theme given Australia’s significant investment in scientific research, contributing internationally to the sustainability of food and agriculture systems”.
ASTA welcomes interest from our diverse agricultural sectors as contributors to what will be an exciting and informative National Science Week in 2021.
The 2021 Resource Book of Ideas for National Science Week will offer teachers and students the opportunity to investigate a diverse range of topics about food and agriculture within a sustainability framework. This will be available to download from the ASTA website or as a digital flipbook in March 2021.
School grant applications closed on Friday 2nd April 2021
What is National Science Week?
National Science Week is an annual festival of science that takes place in August each year. This celebration aims to raise the profile and increase the public understanding and public appreciation of science, innovation, engineering and technology, and their role in maintaining and improving our society, economy and environment. National Science Week 2021 will run 14-22 August.
In schools around the nation, thousands of teachers and students from early childhood to senior secondary levels contribute to National Science Week celebrations by organising and participating in a diverse range of activities and events. It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists’ to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to become fascinated by the world we live in.
How do SCHOOLS get involved?
Schools can apply for up to $500 to help them conduct a National Science Week activity/event. See '2021 National Science Week school grants' for more information and to apply.
Since 2011, ASTA has provided the teacher resource books as web-based digital books. Titles include - React to Chemistry, Energy Evolution, A Century of Australian Science and Food for our future: Science feeding the world. These are available free of charge from the National Science Week Books and Resources link below as electronic downloads.
For more information please contact your state or territory coordinator
Or the ASTA National Science Week Coordinator
Clea Hooper firstname.lastname@example.org (02) 6282 9377
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