June 20, 2008

Sports isn’t the only thing we are good at

From the website:



“StarStuff is ABC NewsRadio's flagship Astronomy, Cosmology, Space and Science program. “


It is hosted by Stuart Gary and it is the only public program on TV or radio which is dedicated to science.



And it is about to be axed to make way for a 30 minute program about sport.



Now as Australians we are justifiably proud of our sporting prowess, but with more than 700 hours of programming on radio and TV already dedicated to sports, do we really need to replace a 30 minute show about science so we can find out more about sports?!



This country is bemoaning the lack of skilled workers and slumping enrolment in engineering and science , wringing its hands about the “brain drain” where our best and brightest go overseas to work - and here we are replacing the only dedicated science program available freely to the public with a sports program.



Australians are not just great sportsmen, we are great doctors, engineers, and scientists too. But if you were to read the news, watch TV or listen to the radio, you would be hard pressed to find evidence of this.



As a nation we need engineers and scientists working in this country to progress into the future. To do this we need to inspire children to be interested in science. We need to get the public interested in science and make it OK to be interested in science. The most effective way to do this is to make make science accessible. StarStuff does this all by its lonesome in the sporting crazed landscape of public programming.



So please please please the Powers That Be, at the very least save StarStuff. Expanding it wouldn’t hurt either.



Cheers,

Steve