SiMERR  Tasmania
Science, Information and Communication Technology and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia


 SiMERR Tasmania was launched by the National Director, Professor John Pegg on 5th October 2005 in Launceston.

Dr. Jane Watson introduces the launch
Professor John Pegg launches SiMERR Tasmania
Professor Andrew Glen applauds the launch

The official launch of the Tasmanian Hub of the National Centre for Science, ICT, and Mathematics Education in Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR) took place on October 5, 2004 in Launceston in the Faculty of Education at the University of Tasmania. Special guests were the Dean of the Faculty, Professor Roslyn Arnold; the Director of the Transforming Learning Communities Research Centre, Professor Jeff Sigafoos; The Pro Vice-Chancellor Research, Professor Andrew Glenn; and the National Director of SiMERR, Professor John Pegg from the University of New England.


Jane Watson, the Coordinator of SiMERR Tasmania, welcomed visitors and thanked the Faculty for the cash and in-kind commitment to match the funds from the National Centre. Professor Glenn summarised the importance of the Hub for research within the Faculty, University and community, as well as from his standpoint as a scientist in assisting students in rural and regional areas. Professor Pegg outlined the history of SiMERR and mentioned some of the research taking place at the National Centre in Armidale, NSW. He officially announced the launch of SiMERR Tasmania.


The audience for the launch included representatives of the Department of Education, the Catholic Education Office, the School of Agricultural Science on the Cradle Coast Campus, the School of Aquaculture, the Imaginarium in Devonport, Directors of the BEd program, and members of the Faculty of Education. Discussions after the launch explored possibilities of joint projects, among visitors and the core members of the Hub (Margaret Robertson, Andrew Fluck, Kim Beswick, Natalie Brown and Helen Bound).


A story on Education (both Literacy and SiMERR) appeared on ABC Television news in the evening.


A radio interview took place on ABC regional “Country Hour” at noon.





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