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Scitech debuts new science show at Pilbara schools

Pilbara primary school students were the first experience Mystery Hunters, a show all about using scientific thinking by making observations and predictions to explore mysteries in the world around us.

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Primary school students in the Pilbara were the first to experience Scitech’s new science show in May and June. 

Scitech’s Statewide team visited 17 schools over six week’s, where Year 4 – 6 students took part in Mystery Hunters, a show all about using scientific thinking by making observations and predictions to explore mysteries in the world around us. 

“Sometimes mysterious things happen that defy our expectations of how the world works,” Primary STEM Coordinator Laura Pitts said. “This is exciting for scientists as by investigating these mysteries we can better understand the world we live in which can lead to amazing new science and technologies.” 

Using mind-bending demonstrations from gravity-defying physics to colour-changing chemistry, Mystery Hunters aims to get students excited to discover their own mysteries using the scientific process and show them how science is everywhere and for everyone.

After seeing the show, students get hands-on in the Element of Surprise workshop where they take on a challenge to see if they can protect a tablet from being absorbed in a vinegar “stomach” by using common household ingredients. 

Kindergarten to Year 3 students don’t miss out, getting to experience a show and workshop specially designed for their age group called Mix and Make, all about how science can happen by mixing different ingredients found in the home. 

“Students are already equipped with STEM skills such as creativity, collaboration and problem-solving that they can use to explore their world,” Laura said. “Our engaging hands-on experiences inspire students to be curious and help them develop those skills to make the link between classroom science and their everyday life.” 

Scitech’s Statewide team combat the barrier of distance faced by regional students by visiting every regional and remote community every three years, supported by Rio Tinto. 

Through school incursions and community events, we take the Scitech Discovery Centre on the road to regions like the Pilbara to make STEM experiences accessible to all Western Australians. 

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