An ap­petite for sci­ence

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch -

STU­DENTS from across WA met some of Perth’s top sci­ence, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­matic minds dur­ing a mo­ti­va­tional morn­ing tea at UWA on Au­gust 27.

More than 280 sec­ondary school stu­dents had the chance to meet pro­fes­sion­als from a range of lead­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions, in­clud­ing the CSIRO, Rio Tinto, Wor­leyPar­sons and Al­coa.

The Sci­ence Cafe was part of Na­tional Sci­ence Week and sup­ported by Scitech.

“Study­ing sci­ence can lead to an amaz­ing ar­ray of ca­reers and Sci­ence Cafe helps demon­strate those links by con­nect­ing sec­ondary stu­dents to pro­fes­sion­als from a range of in­dus­tries,” Scitech Sci­ence Cafe co- or­di­na­tor Ce­cilia Hayes said.

“From as­tro­physi­cists through to pol­icy ad­vi­sors, it’s pretty in­spir­ing to hear what path­ways th­ese peo­ple took and what a day in their job ac­tu­ally en­tails – and it doesn’t in­volve a white lab coat.”

ChemCen­tre’s Sarah Lau spoke to the stu­dents about some of the un­usual test sub­jects the fa­cil­ity had seen through its doors, in­clud­ing a dol­phin jaw­bone.

“Study­ing sci­ence can set you up for a fas­ci­nat­ing and re­ward­ing ca­reer in so many in­dus­tries,” she said.

“It’s such a di­verse field and one that is vi­tal to solv­ing many of the prob­lems our world faces.”

Pres­by­te­rian Ladies’ Col­lege stu­dent Han­nah Mitchell, Christ Church Gram­mar School stu­dent Matt Hud­son and Iona Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege stu­dent Sarah King.

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