7 September, 2017
Forget crystal balls, psychics and fortune tellers - WA high school students have predicted Perth's future though data research with Scitech's Picture Perth project.
Earlier this year, Scitech teamed up with students from five high schools across Perth and challenged them to tell a story about how the city is changing, as well as predict how it might change in the future.
Working in teams, students explored Census results from both Perth and Australia to understand how data had changed over time.
The teams put their findings into practice and brought the educated predicitions to life in a short video.
Each video focused on different types of Census data, such as the rise of technology in the workforce, the introduction of renewable energy resources, equality among men and women and much more.
"All the teams explored very different aspects of the Census data and it provided a well-rounded and interesting look into the potential future of Perth," Scitech Science Squad Officer Leon Smith said.
"The students worked very hard and the project proved to be a valuable learning experience for all."
Participating schools included Ashdale Secondary College, Cecil Andrews College, John Curtin College of the Arts, Leeming Senior High School and Perth Modern School.
The videos were showcased at an exclusive viewing in Scitech's Planetarium among peers, family and guest speakers on Monday, September 4.
The videos are available to view on Scitech's Youtube channel here.