27 February 2019
From experimenting with common household ingredients to exploring chemical reactions within the human body, 14 primary schools across the Bunbury region will get valuable hands-on experience during Scitech’s ‘Primary Science Tour’ from 4 – 22 March and again from 25 March – 5 April.
The tour brings chemistry shows and workshops to primary school students living in regional Western Australia and aims to increase student interest and participation in science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM). Scitech is committed to bringing STEM skills and experiences to regional and remote communities.
In 2018, Scitech visited 493 schools and travelled 112,000 kilometres across Western Australia to bring STEM engagement and inspiration to all corners of WA.
With a partnership spanning more than 15 years, Scitech and Rio Tinto developed the ‘Primary Science Tour’ program in response to an ever-changing world and the need for all Western Australians to have access to the development of vital STEM skills.
Ms Deb Banning (formerly Hancock), Scitech Chief Executive Officer, said “The world continues to change at an increasing rate, and the skills needed for our future workforce are also changing. The ‘Primary Science Tour’ is part of Scitech’s ongoing commitment to regional WA and the need to support all Western Australians to be part of a STEM-literate workforce that is required to continue to strengthen our State’s economic and social future.”
“Through our regional touring programs such as the ‘Primary Science Tour,’ we are facilitating long-term engagement and STEM capability development for a future workforce that will be equipped with the skills required for future jobs.”
Covering a range of chemical sciences, the tour’s ‘Mix and Make’ sessions cater for students from Kindergarten to Year 3, with student scientists exploring what happens when various elements are combined. ‘Element of Surprise’ sessions are aimed at Years 4 – 6 and encourages students to explore chemistry and reveal unseen properties.
From 4 – 22 March, the ‘Primary Science Tour’ will be travelling to Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School, Carey Park Primary School, St Marys Catholic Primary School, Grace Christian School, Bunbury Primary School, Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, South West John Calvin Christian College, Glen Huon Primary School, Cooinda Primary School and Adam Road Primary School.
From 25 March – 5 April, the program will then tour to Dalyellup Primary School, College Row School, Tuart Forest Primary School, Picton Primary School and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.