Labs help kids find fame

Jesse Bright-Kerr and Kate McCracken are hosting Telethon TV.|Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d421332
Jesse Bright-Kerr and Kate McCracken are hosting Telethon TV.|Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d421332

Ten-year-old best friends from Inglewood Primary School Jesse Bright-Kerr and Kate McCracken debuted this year in a series of Kids TV videos for the institute’s KidsZone website.

Jesse’s mother and TKI senior communications officer Carole Kerr said the videos were a great way to connect with children and get them excited about local scientific research.

‘The kids have done interviews with our leading researchers and short little segments looking at new machinery or interesting science facts,’ she said.

‘It’s a nice way to introduce all the work we do to our younger audience because they don’t just ask about their work, but also a few questions like their favourite music or favourite sporting teams.

‘Jesse recently interviewed our big boss Jonathan Carapetis, which was very tough because he barracks for Carlton and Jesse is a huge Dockers supporter.

‘One of their favourite videos has brain tumour researcher Peter Dallas explaining how they inject stuff from green glowing jellyfish into cells to detect DNA.’

Kate said she had loved acting ever since she was really young and putting on family shows with her toys.

‘It was pretty funny doing the video, but my dad showed the video to all my relatives and I left the room because it was embarrassing,’ she said.

‘I think the best part was when we got to dress up in white coats and use the props in the lab.

‘When I held the magnifying glass up to my mouth, I think I looked like a Wookiee.’

Visit www.telethonkidstv.org.au for more information.