Cave diver to speak at Scitech holiday sessions

Scitech is running rescue-themed activities these school holidays.
Scitech is running rescue-themed activities these school holidays.

THAI cave rescue diver Craig Challen will speak at two ‘Meet the heroes’ sessions at Scitech these school holidays.

Dr Craig Challen.

Dr Challen, who was named joint 2019 Australian of the Year, will talk about his involvement in the Wild Boars soccer team rescue from Tham Luang Cave in two 30-minute sessions on July 16.

Other speakers include representatives from St John Ambulance, WA Police Force Canine Section, Royal Australian Air Force, ChemCentre, Vincent Fire Station and Donate Life WA.

Scitech’s current feature exhibition ‘Rescue’, explores the technology, decision making and common scenarios of high-pressure, rescue-based scenarios on land, sea and air.

The ‘Meet the Heroes’ sessions will bring the exhibition alive as visitors come face-to-face with professionals working on the frontline of saving lives.

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“Search and rescue operations require a high level of specialised skills and training, and demonstrate how the ‘21st Century STEM skillset’ (critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, communication and collaboration) can be applied in the workplace,” acting chief executive Kalien Selby said.

“The ‘Meet the heroes’ sessions will provide an amazing opportunity for visitors to learn more about real STEM-based career options.”

Other holiday experiences include a screening of Astronaut in the Scitech Planetarium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

The school holiday program runs daily from 9am to 5pm until July 21.

Tickets cost $19 for adults, $16 on concession, $12 for youth/child and $52 for a mini group.

Visit www.scitech.org.au for more information and to book tickets.