Science bus hits town


The Scitech bus is rolling into Northam with a host of science fun activities. Picture courtesy of Scitech.
The Scitech bus is rolling into Northam with a host of science fun activities. Picture courtesy of Scitech.

There will be more than 10 interactive activities from the Perth-based science museum during the week-long visit from Monday.

Hub project manager Rhiannon Bristow-Stagg encouraged visitors to come along more than once to gain the most from the learning activities.

“This is a unique opportunity for Northam and surrounding communities to enjoy a hands-on, engaging and educational activity suitable for all ages,” she said.

Ms Bristow-Stagg, who lives in the town, said the new science hub was the culmination of months of work last year by a group of local professionals.

The Murdoch University graduate researched the benefits of community engagement in science as part of a double degree in sustainable development and environmental management.

“I discovered there were a number of regional science hubs in WA, but not one for Northam,” she said.

Ms Bristow-Stagg thought about starting the hub and met representatives from the National Landcare Program, the Department of Agriculture and Food and the Department of Education and Training.

Her research resulted in a unified approach to promoting community involvement in science to a far greater degree in the Wheatbelt area.

The Northam hub, only about 45 minutes drive from Mundaring, was launched last month with support from Scitech and Inspiring Australia, the federally-funded ‘science literacy’ initiative.

The science hub aims to develop partnerships and bring events and exposure to the work of science professionals and organisations in the region.

Ms Bristow-Stagg said the hub would encompass all science disciplines, with an emphasis on science happening in the Wheatbelt.

For more details about the first event, visit www.wheatbeltscience.org.au.