Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt is encouraging local students to explore their ‘inner scientist’ during National Science Week (August 13 – 21) this month.

“National Science Week promotes interest in science and hopefully it will inspire young people to explore the wonders of the world through science,” Mr Pitt said.

“The nine-day festival is expected to attract more than 250,000 people through more than 70 registered events across Queensland.

“Reflecting this year’s school theme – Reacting to Chemistry – many state schools have organised science activities, fairs and expos, covering issues like sustainable food production, rocketry and aquaphonics.”

Mr Pitt said science was an important part of education in Queensland.

“As industries and economies become increasingly technical and specialised, the demand for scientists and people with science backgrounds will grow,” Mr Pitt said.

“That’s why the Bligh Government is providing Queensland students with the support they need to succeed in science and in life.

“This includes the three-year $43.5 million commitment to support the Earth Smart Science and Science Spark programs.

“The Earth Smart Science program supports environmental sustainability through the curriculum as well as resource management and community partnerships.

“Science Spark aims to spark teachers and students’ passion for science and to encourage further study in the science fields.”

As part of Science Week, Education Minister Cameron Dick will announce 25 winners of the 2011 Peter Doherty Awards for Excellence in Science and Science Education.