Local students engaged with top minds at Science Cafe

Lake Joondalup Baptist College students Taku Mtabeni and Lachlan Godding speak to Chevron Australia petroleum engineer Michael Cullingford
Lake Joondalup Baptist College students Taku Mtabeni and Lachlan Godding speak to Chevron Australia petroleum engineer Michael Cullingford

LOCAL high school students were among 300 youngsters invited to meet some of Perth’s top science, engineering and maths minds during a morning tea for National Science Week.

Held at the University of WA’s Winthrop Hall on August 26, Science Cafe enabled students from Lake Joondalup Baptist, Sacred Heart, Mater Dei and Mercy colleges and Ashdale Secondary School to speak one-on-one with professionals from a wide range of organisations.

“From astrophysicists through to policy advisers, it’s pretty inspiring to hear what pathways these people took and what a day in their job actually entails, and it doesn’t always involve a white lab coat,” Scitech Science Cafe co-ordinator Colleen Kleinschmidt said.

Special guests included YouTuber and TV presenter Derek Muller, WA chief scientist Peter Klinken and Chevron’s Joseph Doleschal Ridnell, as well as current tertiary students.