The ASTA-Japan exchange has run, in various forms, for several years. This year the program is being generously supported by a grant from the Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF), which gave ASTA the opportunity to cover the bulk of the travel and accommodation costs for the successful applicants. One of the main objectives of the AJF is to "increase understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia" and it is fantastic that education is recognised as one of those shared interests.
The four teacher delegates, selected through an application process, are:
- Gary Tilley, Seaforth Primary School, NSW
- Leah Taylor, St Anthony's Parish Primary School, ACT
- Danielle Spencer, Mitchelton State Primary School, QLD
- Sarah Chapman, Townsville State High School, QLD
You can follow the adventure on this blog, as well as through the ASTA Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ASTA.Science) and Twitter (#ASTAJapan14).