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    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Awards for Queensland science education talent

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Friday, October 05, 2012

    Awards for Queensland science education talent

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek has presented Queensland’s most promising students, teachers, schools and community organisations with Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education.

    Minister Langbroek congratulated the 24 award recipients, who received up to $5,000 each to further their science studies or expand their science education programs.

    “These awards are held annually to recognise the outstanding work of high school science students, teachers and support officers,” Mr Langbroek said.

    “Award recipients past and present are already making their mark in the scientific fields of astrophysics, environmental science, medical science, microbiology, nuclear chemistry.

    “The awards also highlight the importance of science education and the range of innovative programs running in Queensland, like those at our award-winning schools.”

    Mr Langbroek said the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland had been awarded the Partnership and Community Science Award, worth $3,000.

    “The RNA’s cheese making workshops relate food making to a range of scientific fields, drawing strong parallels between science education and the ‘real world’,” he said.

    “With strong links to industry, the program is coaching a growing number of teachers on how to apply everyday scientific concepts in the classroom.”

    Minister Langbroek said science education encouraged young Queenslanders to become curious and critical thinkers.

    “Science underpins every aspect of our lives and is crucial to solving the challenges we face now and into the future,” he said.

    The Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education began in 2004.

    The awards are named after one of Queensland’s leading scientists and Nobel laureate – Professor Peter Doherty – who was a former student at Indooroopilly State High School.

    A full list of winners is available at www.education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/area/science/all-stars.html.

    [ENDS] 5 October, 2012

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