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Written by Tamsin Collins 

Published August 2021


Welcome to the WA RACI Branch August Newsletter!

August brings National Science Week 14th -22nd August.  

Searching events in WA there are 15 local events, 117 Online events and 7 competitions to get involved in. My favorite local event being the ‘Switch Your Thinking – Solar Cooking’ at the Canning River Eco Education Centre in Wilson, WA. Unfortunately for me this is a completely sold-out free event. 

It is great to see all the 2021 WA grant recipients highlighted in a good news piece. Do you have any ideas you would like to bring to life next year? Perhaps all you need is a little support from a fellow RACI member.  Expressions of interest are sought each year around March / April.

For RACI, this is traditionally a busy time for Head Office as well as for the WA RACI Branch.

Normally this would be the time to judge the crystals grown by primary and secondary students across the country as part of the National Crystal Growing Competition. This year due to Covid, judging of the crystals has postponed until October.

Locally we have the final of the installment of the 2021 Bayliss Youth Lecture at Curtin on the 17th August. If you were not able to catch Gretchen Benedix excellent talk on ‘Life in the Universe: Astrobiology and Water in Space’ you can view it on our RACInational You Tube Channel online by clicking here.

Following on from the Titration Stake heats held in June, where 63 teams participated at Curtin, Edith Cowan and at their home schools, 7 WA teams will participate in the Australian National Titration Competition finals at UWA on 19 August. Finalist come from Wanneroo SHS, Rehoboth Christian College, Belmont City College, Carey Baptist College, Guildford Grammar School, Ellenbrook Christian College & Kelmscott SHS. Best of luck to all students participating.

To top it all off, if a little delayed, we will have our WA Branch Awards Dinner on the 1st September. This year we will present the Wilf Ewers award to a new recipient, recognise our newest Student Award recipients for their academic achievement, recognise our members with 25, 40, and 50 years of membership as well as thank our 2020 & 2021 Bayliss lecturers for their contributions, inspiring our future scientists. If you would like to come along then please follow the link to register. See you there!


Tamsin Collins

RACI WA President


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