Nearly 300 secondary students mingled with some of the state’s brightest minds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at Science Café on Thursday 25 August, rounding out Scitech’s part in an incredible National Science Week 2016.
Students from all over Perth had the unique opportunity to speak to professionals from industries such as radioastronomy, health programming, particle physics, plant genetics, disease research and much more during a morning tea designed to inspire teenage minds.
“Studying science can lead to an amazing array of careers. Science Café helps demonstrate those links by connecting secondary students to professionals from a range of industries,” Scitech Science Café Coordinator Colleen Kleinschmidt said.
“From astrophysicists through to cancer research and plant energy biology, it’s really inspiring to hear what a day in the life of a scientist is actually like and what pathways these people took. And it doesn’t always involve a white lab coat!” she said.
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Science Café was held at The University of Western Australia (UWA) Winthrop Hall and was attended by close to 290 students, 36 teachers, and 75 STEM professionals. “It’s great to see so many students taking an active interest in STEM when they think about future study or career paths,” said Colleen.
“I think the students leave with a broader perspective because they start to understand what studying science, engineering, and maths at school can do for them later,” she said.
WA Chief Scientist Professor Peter Klinken welcomed attendees to the annual event, followed by short inspirational talks from Chevron Australia Social Performance Manager Luke Blackbourn, Surgical Realities Chief Operating Officer Anitra Robertson, and UWA Neuroscience PhD student Alex Tang.
Hosted by UWA with the support of Scitech, Chevron Australia and Inspiring Australia, Science Café was one of hundreds of events that occurred across Australia during National Science Week.