Bentley: community gets hands-on at ChemCentre Open Day


Nicole Emmerson gets her hands dirty with Oobleck at the Little Heroes Colourful Chemistry stand at the ChemCentre open day.
Nicole Emmerson gets her hands dirty with Oobleck at the Little Heroes Colourful Chemistry stand at the ChemCentre open day.

THOUSANDS of people turned their hands to science experiments at the ChemCentre Open Day in Bentley last month.

Science Minister Dave Kelly joined science enthusiasts who were given behind-the-scenes access to see how WA’s top chemical and forensic experts operate.

The open day is a free annual event to give the public a chance to learn more about chemistry and encourage children to make science their mission.

Held as part of National Science Week, this year’s program focused on WA’s chemistry ‘superheroes’ and the important role they play in safeguarding the WA community, industry and environment through their work.

Some of the highlights from the event included an opportunity for children to try on HAZMAT gear and decontaminate a mock clandestine drug laboratory.

They also did other simple tasks while wearing alcohol and drug goggles on a police booze bus.

Along with WA Police, other guests included the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Greyhounds as Pets and some of WA’s top scientists and forensic experts who performed a range of chemistry demonstrations.

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