Six female Year 10 students from Australind and Collie Senior High Schools will travel to Perth for four days to participate in science-based activities at The University of Western Australia, starting with Open Day this Sunday, August 12.
The students' visit is organised through the Chanelle Carter Memorial Fund, established by Alcoa Australia last year to honour Chanelle, an Alcoa scientist, triathlete, UWA chemistry graduate, mentor and Oxfam volunteer.
Chanelle, who died in a tragic cycling accident in 2010, had a strong commitment to environmental issues and human rights. She also has a passion for developing young scientists and was a mentor to a number of people within Alcoa and externally.
The Chanelle Carter Memorial Fund aims to encourage disadvantaged female students from regional WA to consider science as a career.
Associate Professor Jan Dook, from UWA's Centre for Learning Technology, said the visit was designed to coincide with National Science Week, with UWA hosting several public and school events.
They include Science Café in Winthrop Hall next Wednesday 15 August, hosted by WA's Chief Scientist, UWA Professor Lyn Beazley, and the Scinema Film Festival in the Science Library.
Photo: 2011 Chanelle Carter Memorial Fund recipients from Newton Moore SHS (Bunbury) and Pinjarra SHS with Mr and Mrs Carter.