Hav­ing a blast

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Stu­dents get their hands dirty at the ChemCen­tre open day.

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple turned their hands to sci­ence ex­per­i­ments at the ChemCen­tre Open Day in Bent­ley last month.

Sci­ence Min­is­ter Dave Kelly joined sci­ence en­thu­si­asts who were given be­hind-the-scenes ac­cess to see how WA’s top chem­i­cal and foren­sic ex­perts op­er­ate.

The open day is a free an­nual event to give the public a chance to learn more about chem­istry and en­cour­age chil­dren to make sci­ence their mis­sion.

Held as part of Na­tional Sci­ence Week, this year’s pro­gram fo­cused on WA’s chem­istry ‘su­per­heroes’ and the im­por­tant role they play in safe­guard­ing the WA com­mu­nity, in­dus­try and en­vi­ron­ment through their work.

Some of the high­lights from the event in­cluded an op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to try on HAZ­MAT gear and de­con­tam­i­nate a mock clan­des­tine drug lab­o­ra­tory.

They also did other sim­ple tasks while wear­ing al­co­hol and drug gog­gles on a po­lice booze bus.

Along with WA Po­lice, other guests in­cluded the De­part­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices, Grey­hounds as Pets and some of WA’s top sci­en­tists and foren­sic ex­perts who per­formed a range of chem­istry demon­stra­tions.

Ni­cole Em­mer­son gets her hands dirty with Oobleck at the Lit­tle Heroes Colour­ful Chem­istry stand at the ChemCen­tre open day.

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