A visit to Scitech encompasses many different experiences which may have specific requirements. By booking a school visit to Scitech you will need to know the following information:
Please leave your students at the base of the stairs to Scitech and advise our staff of your arrival. A Scitech staff member will be assigned to greet your group, go over your schedule for the day and sort out payment and final numbers. If your school has been delayed and will arrive late please contact Scitech on 9215 0740. The Scitech Duty Manager will do their best to reschedule your programs but due to other groups this may not always be possible.
- Scitech Staff
All staff at Scitech that work directly with children have a current ‘Working with Children’ check and a Police Clearance is a condition of employment. Scitech staff are well trained and experienced science communicators. Most of them hold or are studying degrees in science, education or both.
All supervising adults are free of charge. Scitech encourages schools to bring as many supervisors as you feel necessary on an excursion to Scitech. Younger siblings are discouraged to attend with supervising adults. If they are required to attend with an adult, general public admission price applies to both the adult and child. For primary students we recommend a 1:6 supervision requirement for secondary students 1:10.
- Transport and parking
Coach travel - Students should be dropped off at the roundabout at the front of Scitech, so that students can safely disembark before entering Scitech. Bus parking is available on the Sutherland Street side of the City West complex. A ticket will need to be purchased from the City of Perth ticket machines and displayed on the bus dashboard.
Cars - From this Friday 14 December, Science Centre visitors will now need to purchase a $5 all day parking ticket. To buy your $5 all day ticket:
• Park your car in one of the available parking bays
• Make note of your licence plate number (we recommend taking a photo of it)
• Head upstairs to the Scitech Centre and purchase your ticket
• Go to the parking machine inside the WA Science Zone, purchase your $5 all day ticket and register your license plate number.
Payment can be made via card (tap-n-go) or with coins. One hour FREE parking will continue to be available at the Centre, but you’ll still need to register your car in the car park. By following these simple steps, you will avoid paying $24 for the day when purchasing your ticket downstairs in the carpark.
Train travel - Scitech is located near the City West train station (Fremantle line), or a 20-minute walk from the Leederville train station (Joondalup line). Contact Transperth staff to organise low cost options for your transport.
- Schools bags/lunch and morning tea breaks
Due to limited space it is recommended that you leave your school bags at school. Morning tea or lunch breaks must be arranged prior to your visit with the bookings staff and allocated as the word ‘break’ on your confirmation letter. Where possible please allow only one break per day at Scitech as areas are strictly limited and a shared resource for all schools visiting. We will store your lunch tubs for you until your allocated break time. If you wish to have recess or lunch off-site, Harold Boas Gardens is a 2 minute walk away across the railway line on Wellington Street.
- Food and drinks
There are vending machines for snacks and drinks in the ‘Tastebud’ area of Scitech. A water fountain is also available in this area. There is also a café located on ground floor of City West, and Water Town is also only a 5 minute walk away from City West.
- Scitech Planetarium
Please allow fifteen minutes before your planetarium show for ushering as outlined on this confirmation. If you are late this may possibly result in your students missing out on their booked show. If you need to leave during the show, re-entry into the dome is not possible. Children under 4 are not permitted in the Planetarium. Food and drink are not permitted in Scitech Planetarium.
- CSIRO Lab
Enclosed footwear must be worn, and children under 5 are NOT permitted in the CSIRO Lab. A minimum charge equivalent to 15 students is applicable for all CSIRO Lab bookings. Food and drink are not permitted in the CSIRO Lab.
- Exhibition spaces
A school visit to Scitech's exhibition areas often involves a structured exploration by a Scitech presenter. Programs run in exhibition areas are also shared with general public families so please be considerate to all Scitech visitors.
- Identification of Excursion Participants
There can be several different schools participating in an excursion at Scitech on the same day. It is the schools responsibility to select a suitable method for identifying their students. Wearing school uniforms, name tags, wrist bands or lanyards helps supervising parents and Scitech staff to identify excursion participants.
School visits to Scitech are GST free. Scitech can accept payment on the day of your visit or an invoice can be sent out after your visit. Please fill out the 'Scitech Signatory Form for Invoicing' provided with your booking confirmation and hand it to a Scitech staff member on arrival.
- Emergency Response Planning
Scitech Emergency Response Planning for schools involves:
- An emergency evacuation signal linked directly to fire department
- Trained wardens responsible for clearing all public zones
- Evacuation routes which lead to a safe assembly area (our staff will lead you there)
- Clearly marked exits and fire hydrant locations
- Regular evacuation drills.
Scitech has a nominated Duty Manager and trained First Aid staff on duty at all times. It is suggested that school supervisory team have access to a list of names of participating students, contact telephone numbers, student medical information and relevant health information of supervisors. It is recommended that school supervisory team have access to a school provided First Aid kit during the excursion. Please note that for cases of serious medical emergency, calling 000 should always be the school supervisory team’s first response. In the event of an emergency evacuation, instructions will be issued over the public address system and directly from Scitech staff. School supervisory teams are responsible for managing the students to the safe assembly area. On arrival at the assembly area the teacher-in-charge should inform the muster warden that all students are present.
Scitech has a plan of evacuation zones. Below is an outline of the evacuation map.
- Facilities and wheelchair access
Scitech has a first aid room, toilet facilities including accessible toilet, lift from the undercover car park and all areas of Scitech are wheelchair accessible.