The Gravity Discovery Centre Foundation John and Robin de Laeter Science Engagement Scholarships for secondary and tertiary school students were established to recognize the huge contribution to science education in Western Australia made by the late Professor John de Laeter and his wife Robin. The scholarships are designed to enable students studying science the opportunity to plan and install an exhibit/display/activity at the Gravity Discovery Centre. The purpose of the exhibit/display/activity is to communicate science to students and visitors.
Since 2011, scholarship winners have produced a variety of projects which have enhanced the GDC experience by educating visitors about a scientific idea or concept. We are proud to announce the scholarship winners below.
Tertiary Scholarship – John Goldsmith for his production of the Kandimalal, Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater video. This outstanding short video can be viewed at any time on the ground floor of our Cosmology Gallery Click here for more information
Secondary Scholarship - Gabriella MacDougall for her production of the video on Curved Space and accompanying poster. Gabriella’s humorous work can be viewed in our Discovery Gallery and is well worth a look! Click here for more information
Secondary Scholarship - Steven Lamb (year 10 Willetton SHS) produced an Eddy Currents poster which communicates the science of our Magnetic Pendulum. Steve also produced a handy coin slot apparatus for our Rubber Black Hole.
Two Tertiary Scholarships were awarded
Tertiary Scholarship #1 – David Gozzard (UWA Science/Engineering) is the creator of our rotating NASA replica Space Capsule. The Space Capsule is a standout exhibit which measures G-force as it rotates, located in the centre of the main gallery.
Tertiary Scholarship #2 – James McCarthy-Price (UWA Science/Engineering) is the brains behind the Martian Robotic Rover exhibit, inspired by NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover. The fully robotic rovers and Martian landscape provide visitors the opportunity to repeat Curiosity’s feats on Mars using iPad controls. Great fun!
No Secondary Scholarship was awarded