NEARLY 300 secondary students recently mingled with some of the state’s brightest minds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Science Cafe morning tea at UWA was designed to inspire teenage minds and rounded out Scitech’s participation in National Science Week 2016.
Students from across Perth had the opportunity to speak to professionals from industries such as radioastronomy, health programming, particle physics, plant genetics and disease research.
“Studying science can lead to an amazing array of careers and Science Cafe helps demonstrate those links by connecting secondary students to professionals from a range of industries,” Scitech Science Cafe co-ordinator Colleen Kleinschmidt said.
“From astrophysicists through to cancer research and plant energy biology, it’s really inspiring to hear what a day in the life of a scientist is actually like and what pathways these people took.
“I think the students leave with a broader perspective because they start to understand what studying science, engineering and maths at school can do for them later.”
WA chief scientist Professor Peter Klinken welcomed attendees to the annual event, followed by short inspirational talks from Chevron Australia social performance manager Luke Blackbourn, Surgical Realities chief operating officer Anitra Robertson and UWA neuroscience PhD student Alex Tang.