A volunteer group of Great Southern science professionals has launched a free teaching resource showcasing the bright minds and big ideas being explored in the region. The Great Southern Science Council has collated a variety of free locally produced teaching resources on USB drives for local teachers and parents to share with primary and high school students. The resources feature study guides, interviews with science professionals, guided experiment videos, worksheets and a colourful poster series on the science of waves. They are available for teachers or parents to collect at the Albany Public Library and community resource centres in Denmark, Mt Barker, Jerramungup and Katanning. They have also been distributed to science hubs in Bunbury, Pinjarra, Geraldton and Broome. The GSSC has also teamed up with Education for Sustainability Great Southern, a group of teachers and education stakeholders working together to explore sustainable teaching practices. GSSC chairwoman Dr Wiebke Ebeling said the new resources aimed to build on the organisation’s two-yearly Science Rocks Career Expo, which moved online in 2020 because of COVID-19. Dr Ebeling said making the resources available digitally meant students could learn from experts in the Great Southern no matter where they lived. “We realised we were sitting on really great resources within our respective areas,” she said. “So individually we fleshed them out a bit more and compiled them on to this USB for everyone to pick up.” Dr Ebeling said the resources showed the great minds at work in the Great Southern and aimed to inspire young students to explore local career pathways within STEM. “The resources are making sure regional kids get an appreciation that science professionals are living and working in this region,” she said. “I think it will establish a reputation for the hidden expertise that people may not have been aware of and the opportunity for tertiary education and where STEM can lead you.” For details, visit greatsouthernsciencecouncil.org.au.