deLaeter Scholarship to develop exhibit for Gravity Discovery Centre

John and Robin de Laeter Science Engagement Scholarship

The Gravity Discovery Centre calls for applications for the John and Robin de Laeter Scholarship.

*Eligibility* One scholarship will be awarded to a tertiary student or graduate with completed units in Science Communication or equivalent experience.

*Purpose* During the tenure of this scholarship you will work with researchers and science communicators to create a quality exhibit which will be seen by tens of thousands of visitors to the Gravity Discovery Centre, and which will help motivate and educate young people.

*Details of the Scholarship* • The scholarship work will occur between November 2010 and March 2011. • The successful applicant will receive a total stipend of $4000.

*Location* The scholarship holder will be expected to work closely with staff at UWA and at the GDC, located about an hour’s drive north of Perth. You will be expected to arrange your own travel to and from the GDC. Onsite accommodation during weeknights could be arranged at the Centre or nearby.

*The scholarship* There are many exhibits that could be developed. Support from UWA’s Science Communication program, scientists, technicians and GDC staff will be available to assist, however the scholarship winner will be encouraged to come up with your own ideas. The following are examples that could be developed: • Cosmic ray detection • Free fall auto-lift and release mechanism • Geometry in curved space video • Remote control free fall experiment for Tower • Cloud chamber • Trigger Plants in Action • Big Slinky: waves in Slow Motion • Solar powered indoor fountain and fan • Resonance in vibrating wires.

The scholarship holder will develop one exhibit to be completed by 31 March, 2011. Candidates may apply to work on one of the suggested exhibit projects or propose one of your own. One of the first tasks will be to develop a detailed exhibit proposal and budget.

*Who should apply* People who like science, especially physics, enjoy learning new things and are keen to develop skills in exhibit development and creation.

*How to apply* Your application should summarise your educational qualifications and most importantly refer to your own projects and activities that demonstrate your relevant abilities and interests.

Send applications by email to or by post to: Centre Manager Gravity Discovery Centre 1098 Military Road Gingin West 6503

Applications close on Friday 29 October 2010

For further information: Contact the Education Manager at the GDC: or phone 9575 7577 _______________________________________________ ASC-list mailing list

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