Critical Thinking Competition

Do you think you could come up with an argument to convince Australia’s Chief Scientist you’re right?

TechNyou is giving you the chance to do just that and win an iPad2 as part of the Critical Thinking Competition.

Make a 3-5 minute video arguing for or against one of the following:

- Considering the stated benefits and risks, should farmers be allowed to grow Genetically Modified crops?

- In order to reduce our carbon emissions, shouldAustralia replace our coal-fired power stations with nuclear power generation?

- Geoengineering is being considered as a valid technology to slow or stop climate change, other scientists warn that the full effects of the technology is unknown. Should we use geoengineering to stop or limit climate change?

- Nanoparticles are being used to enhance many existing products. While this happens research into the effects of nanoparticles on the human body and environment is ongoing. Should the inclusion of nanoparticles in products be stopped until the safety of nanoparticles is assured?

Entries will be considered in three age categories: 14-16, 17-19, and 20 up.

Winners receive a 32G Wifi iPAD2! And all entries will be judged on the strength and clarity of their argument by a panel of some of the most influential scientific minds in Australia:

- Australian Chief Scientist – Professor Ian Chubb
- Centre for the Public Awareness of Science – Dr Will Grant
- CSIRO Education – Ross Kingsland
- Science and TechnologyAustralia– Anna-Maria Arabia

For more information and critical thinking education resources visit the TechNyou website