Stu­dents get taste of sci­en­tific in­quiry

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ali­cia Per­era

An in­ter­ac­tive Scitech pro­gram that en­cour­ages young peo­ple to broaden their un­der­stand­ing of the role sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and maths play in ev­ery­day life re­cently toured West Pil­bara schools.

In the Be­yond the Beaker ini­tia­tive, stu­dents at Onslow Pri­mary School, St Luke’s Col­lege, Kar­ratha Se­nior High School and Roe­bourne District High School used sci­en­tific prob­lem­solv­ing to make ev­ery­day de­ci­sions such as the best way to dye their hair or best food to eat.

Scitech ca­reers co-or­di­na­tor Colleen Klein­schmidt said Be­yond the Beaker was no or­di­nary ca­reer talk but in­stead aimed to give young peo­ple a deeper ap­pre­ci­a­tion of how STEM fun­da­men­tals worked in gen­eral life.

“It’s less about spe­cific ca­reers, more about the skills you get when you study sci­ence and maths,” she said.

“Some peo­ple think of sci­ence as a body of knowl­edge that you have to mem­o­rise, you have to know things. In fact sci­ence is a verb, it’s a process. You ask a ques­tion, you make a pre­dic­tion, you try some­thing out and see what hap­pens. It’s fig­ur­ing out how the world works. And any­one can do that.”

Chevron so­cial per­for­mance man­ager Luke Black­bourn said the com­pany was com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing the STEM ini­tia­tive.

“We are proud to say that Be­yond the Beaker now reaches over 10,000 Western Aus­tralian stu­dents each year to fos­ter a love and pas­sion for sci­ence,” he said.

Pic­ture: Chevron

Onslow Pri­mary School stu­dents An­gela En­ciso, 11, Jaime Brooks, 12, Jeri­cho En­ciso, 14 and Con­nor Craig, 12, learn about food sci­ence from Scitech's Kel­ley van Hees and Colleen Klein­schmidt.

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