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Australia's tall poppy scientists visit Brisbane

CSIRO : 21 March, 2000  (Technical Article)
Australian scientists have invented the notepad, Speedos, castors, the wine cask, the bionic ear, gene shears, to name but a few. Great Australian scientists and their work are being promoted through Oz Science, a new CSIRO National Science Education Unit. It provides young Australians with hands-on science experiments and highlights for them the significant research carried out by Australians over the past century.
Oz Science is a joint venture between CSIRO and the Australian Institute of Political Science's Tall Poppy Campaign.

Oz Science is currently visiting Brisbane and is being launched today (March 21) at the CSIRO Education Centre at CSIRO's Longpocket Indooroopilly site.

In Oz Science experiment sessions, students will become familiar with the work of some of Australia's most influential scientists.

Experiments and scientists highlighted in the Oz Science program include:

Dr Ann Woolcock and her team from the University of Sydney devised an Asthma Management Plan for Australia. Students will learn about the Asthma Management Plan, measure their lung capacity and look at some preventative and reliever asthma medications.
A prominent Australian invention is the Black Box Flight Crash Recorder, invented by Dr David Warren from the Aeronautical Research Laboratories in 1954. There will be a damaged Black Box Flight Data Recorder on display and an informative video to learn how they are used to save lives.
Scientists from CSIRO's Division of Entomology have developed a computer package called CLIMEX, which predicts the effects of the climate on plants and animals. Students will use this to explore the possible consequences of the screw-worm fly invading Australia.
To highlight Lawrence Hargrave's work on flight, students will make their own curved surface wing and paper kite; and experiment with how they fly.
Seamark is a marine dye marker that fluoresces in daylight and is used for marine search and rescue. This was developed by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation for locating practice torpedoes and is now internationally marketed by Pains-Wessex.
In the 1920's Reverend John Flynn and Alfred Traeger invented the pedal radio which lead the way for the introduction of the Royal Flying Doctor's Service and the School of the Air. Students will be using a working model of their pedal radio to explore this form of energy and use their pedal power to chat to a friend.
At the turn of the century, Sir Charles Martin from the University of Sydney worked with animal health and snake venom. Students will examine a Snake Venom Detection Kit developed by CSL Biosciences and use it to determine the species of snakes from the venom tests.
The program will tour each of the national CSIRO Science education centres. These Centres provide interactive workshops for up to 150, 000 students in a year.

Professor Michael Good, Director Elect, Queensland Institute of Medical Research will launch Oz Science at 11am on Tuesday March 21 at CSIROSEC, Brisbane at CSIRO Longpocket on Meiers Road, Indooroopilly.

Media are invited to visit the centre from 10am when local students will be demonstrating the Oz Science experiments for the media (loads of colour, light and sound for vision opportunities). CSIROSEC is the building on your left hand side after just entering the CSIRO gates.

Oz Science is a joint initiative of CSIRO Education and Australian Institute of Political Science - Tall Poppies Program, which aims to promote a greater appreciation of the achievements of all Australia's Tall Poppies and encourage younger Australians to follow in their footsteps

Tall Poppies sponsors : Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged care, Commonwealth Department of Education, training and Youth Affairs, SmithKline Beecham, Biota Holdings Ltd, FH Faulding & Co Ltd, Victorian Department of Human Services and South Australian Department of Human Services.
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