The wonder of science explored during library visit

Svenja Halfter and Dipon Sarkar shared a never-ending sense of joy and wonder about science with Library staff.

BRIDGEWATER Library had a visit from two volunteers from the Young Tassie Scientists (YTS) program as part of National Science Week 2020 last month. 

YTS which promotes the profile of science and engineering to students and the public provides insights into working as a scientist or an engineer. Participants in the YTS program volunteer their time to share a passion for science and a sense of wonder with people across the state.

Svenja Halfter and Dipon Sarkar shared a never-ending sense of joy and wonder about science with Library staff. 

The experiments they performed focused on the deep blue ocean and highlighted how science plays a part in climate change and the environment.  

Svenja and Dipon entered the makeshift laboratory at Bridgewater Library and eagerly reached into their Cool Science at Home packs to begin experimenting. The flurry of activity and laughter was caught on camera and is available on the Bridgewater Library Facebook page. 

Svenja Halfter and Dipon Sarkar shared a never-ending sense of joy and wonder about science with Library staff. 

 “I fell in love with the polar regions as a child when I watched a documentary about penguins. What I love most about my job as a marine biologist is travelling the world while doing things I really like,” Svenja said.

Library staff were captivated by the natural delight on Dipon’s face as he and Svenja explored ocean waves, using equipment from the take-home pack. One of the chosen experiments didn’t go to plan and Dipon immediately went into curiosity mode to discover why. He drew on his scientific experience and problem solved without any hesitation. 

“That’s what science is all about,” he said. 

About 50 families from Bridgewater, Gagebrook, Brighton and Old Beach experienced the amazing world of science in their own home. This was made possible through Cool Science at Home packs given away by the Bridgewater Library. Packs received funding through a grant from National Science Week Tasmania, part of Inspiring Australia. 

Inspiring Australia wants to engage all Australians with science and celebrate the excitement of science and scientific discovery. 

As part of National Science Week 2020 some local residents were able to share this excitement and engage with technology as they uploaded their results to Facebook.

To hear more science stories from passionate young researchers, visit youngtassiescientists.com or connect with them on twitter (@YTS_UTAS). Follow local science in action and find out the winner of the Cool Science at Home prize through facebook.com/BridgewaterLibraryTasmania

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Dipon and Svenja visit the science lab at Bridgewater Library.

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