Unsung Hero - Science Communication
Congratulations to the 2019 Unsung Hero of SA - Science Communication finalists.
Mr Lee Harrison runs his own science education incursion business, Mobile Science Education.
Mr Harrison has worked in science education and communication for more than 15 years, teaching scientific thinking and writing education programs to communicate key science concepts to South Australian school students and the broader community.
Mr Harrison has spread his passions to more than 25,000 students and teachers each year, in addition to engaging the public at a wide range of community events. His guiding principles of encouraging curiosity and developing critical thinking skills in people of all levels - from children to adults - will continue to further his contribution to science communication in South Australia.
Dr Philip Roetman is the Environment and Sustainability Officer with the City of Burnside.
He has been involved in running innovative citizen science projects and events at UniSA for many years, involving thousands of citizens in activities such as counting koalas, tracking cats, spotlighting in rockpools and recording bat calls. The data collected has helped in understanding the distribution of species, the home-ranges of domestic cats, the management of abundant species and the locations of threatened species.
Dr Roetman was the founder of Discovery Circle, a major citizen science initiative that delivered projects such as corella management engagement, the Great Koala Count and Cat-Tracker. He is now delivering urban engagement actions through the Australian Citizen Science Society and the City of Burnside.
Ms Andrea Smith is an Education Officer with Cleland Wildlife Park.
Cleland Wildlife Park, as well as being an iconic tourist destination, offers a diverse and extensive range of education programs and school holiday programs. All activity is developed and delivered by one person - Andrea Smith. She has also initiated special programs for home schoolers and disadvantaged children, and has developed a host of other on-site and off-site educational activities.
For more than 18 years, Ms Smith has been creating and designing programs and then presenting them, working with supervisors and teachers to tailor materials specifically to their requirements. Her knowledge of biology is prodigious and her enthusiasm is infectious, single-handedly reaching more than 8,000 students per year.