Scitech Big Data Crunch gets northern suburbs students chewing on science subjects


Above: Greenwood College students at Scitech’s Big Data Crunch. Below: Ashdale|Secondary College students Aleisha Bernard, Andrew Spence and Blake Canner with |Department of Premier and Cabinet policy officer Karina Schaap and ECU Professor David Broadhurst.
Scitech Big Data Crunch gets northern suburbs students chewing on science subjects
Above: Greenwood College students at Scitech’s Big Data Crunch. Below: Ashdale|Secondary College students Aleisha Bernard, Andrew Spence and Blake Canner with |Department of Premier and Cabinet policy officer Karina Schaap and ECU Professor David Broadhurst.

STUDENTS from Belridge Secondary College, Ashdale Secondary College and Greenwood Senior High School recently attended Big Data Crunch at Scitech, the launch event for Big Data Week.

More than 70 Perth secondary students met data professionals at the May event and received career advice from professionals in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) fields.

Guests included State Development and Finance Minister Bill Marmion, Pawsey Supercomputing Centre executive director Neil Stringfellow and Centre for Comparative Genomics director Matthew Bellgard.

The event focused on how big data is increasingly becoming part of everyday life, from maps on mobile phones to tagging on and off public transport using a SmartRider.

“Big Data Crunch allowed students to ask data professionals questions about their chosen career paths and their day-to-day work, as well as seeking advice on further study in STEM,” Scitech chief executive Alan Brien said.

“By following a career in STEM, students will be setting themselves up for interesting and rewarding careers across many different industries.”