Budding scientists, inventors and engineers across the Southern Downs will be recognised for their passion and talent for science with the Southern Downs Regional Council (SDRC) sponsoring 100 entries to local schools to take part in the Queensland Science Contest, an annual event organised by the Science Teachers Association of Queensland (STAQ).

Now in its 65th year, the Queensland Science Contest aims to stimulate an ongoing interest in science by encouraging students of all ages to participate in self-motivated project work. The competition provides students from prep to Year 12 with the opportunity to communicate their passion and understanding of science to a wider audience, and recognises the effort and achievement of students who participate. Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie said she encouraged all students with a love of science to showcase their work in the 2018 Queensland Science Contest. “It’s important our most talented and passionate students in regional areas are given the opportunity to take part in competition at a state and a national level,” Cr Dobie said. “Council has sponsored 100 entries so students across the Southern Downs can put their best foot forward at the Queensland Science Contest and I strongly encourage students to take part.”

There is more than $12,000 worth of prizes up for grabs and winning entries in the Engineering and Technology and Scientific Investigations categories are entered into the prestigious BHP Billiton National Science Awards. Winning students will also have the chance to attend the International Science Education Fair in the USA.

Entries to the contest close Monday 8 October. The Awards Ceremony will be held at The University of Queensland in Brisbane on Saturday 27 October.

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