Premier of Tasmania

15 August 2014

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training

Inspiring students to seek careers in science

The Liberal Government is committed to investing in education to create a job ready generation.

That's why I was pleased today to officially open new science facilities at Hobart College, which will deliver enhanced education opportunities for students seeking to pursue careers in this important and varied field.  

Today's opening is also timely with this year's National Science Week beginning tomorrow, August 16.

Science and technology is a highly valued part of the Tasmanian curriculum as the education that students gain in this area will help them to meet the future employment needs of a range of local industries.

Research and development is particularly critical to achieving sustainable growth and, importantly, creating more jobs into the future, and it is a field that will itself rely on the scientists of tomorrow.

The $3 million upgrade at Hobart College included the refurbishment of two biology labs and a physics lab, a new staircase to connect the facilities, two new chemistry and physical science labs, and five new maths classrooms.

This year's Science Week, meanwhile, will be the fourteenth that Hobart College has celebrated, and it will again provide students, including primary school students, and their parents with fun and interesting science activities.

Science Week is all about inspiring students and allowing them to explore the opportunities that science offers, and I want to commend all involved for bringing these events to life.

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