Take the Storytime Pledge and inspire young scientists

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, is calling on all Australians to take the Storytime Pledge and read to a child in their lives these school holidays.

“This has been a year unlike any other, with massive disruptions to the way we work, play and learn,” Dr Finkel said.

“Educational foundations are more important than ever. That’s why these school holidays, I’m calling on all Australians adults to take the Storytime Pledge: a promise to pick up a book and read it to a special child in your life.”

“The sky’s the limit. In person or by video; any place, any book, any time, any age. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, carer or friend, I appeal to you to take the pledge, grab a book, and foster a culture of learning and love of science in your home.”

Dr Finkel said he wanted to see today’s school students inspired to become tomorrow’s scientists and science supporters.

“My theory is that there are a lot of good books behind every great scientist. In fact, I’m personally convinced that the book is the best learning technology ever invented, full stop,” he said.

“The science agrees with me. Reading aloud to 5 year old children every day advances their reading skills almost as much as being a whole year older.

“And if those books get them interested in science and maths ─ even better!

“I’ll be sharing my own pledge and book recommendations from my office throughout the school holidays, alongside pledges from other members of the Australian science community such as Women in STEM Ambassador Lisa Harvey Smith, Australian Living Treasure and surgeon Fiona Wood, and Victorian Lead Scientist Amanda Caples.”

“Come and join us! Take the pledge, join in the conversation, and help our next generation reach their full potential.”

For more information and to take the Storytime Pledge, go to www.chiefscientist.gov.au/storytimepledge. The conversation continues on Twitter using #StorytimePledge.