Tanya Patrick 2006-07
At the time of her fellowship, Tanya Patrick was the editor of Scientriffic magazine, Australia's most popular science magazine for children aged 7+, published by CSIRO's Double Helix Science Club. With a readership base of over 100,000, Tanya was perfectly positioned to inspire kids across Australia about the wonderful world around them, whether it be taunting large predators with papier-mâché zebras, or asking readers to count millipedes marauding in their back yards!
On her trip south, Tanya collected material for the Kids' Antarctic Awareness Project, which aims to bring the unique and beautiful environment of the Antarctic wilderness into the hearts and minds of young people. Her proposal was to produce everything from feature stories to hands-on activities and podcasts. Her book Polar Eyes (created with co-recipient Nicholas Hutcheson) was released in March 2009.
Tanya has a background in science and graphic design, and is passionate about making science accessible to young Australians, be it through co-producing The Yummy Book of Rocks (a kids' science cookbook) or bouncing her way through kangaroo segments for the Disney Channel. When she is not writing quirky, weird and amazing stories about science, she likes to photograph animals around the world and imagine that birds can talk.
Tanya's weblog Polar Eyes