Last month a record number of students entering Years 10 and 11 from the metropolitan area and regional towns including Broome, Esperance, Albany and Karratha, registered to attend the 21st annual Science Experience for a three-day science fest from January 18 to 20.
Students took part in activities such as solving a crime, finding out how they can save our rivers and lakes and how chemistry is used in the kitchen. The program enabled students to enjoy the wonders of science by performing exciting experiments and investigations, hearing from leaders in their fields, and learning about careers in science.
UWA Science Experience Director Dr Joanne Castelli said many high school students were not aware of the career opportunities that a science degree could offer.
"The Science Experience aims to change this by showing students the fantastic and endless opportunities that could await them, allowing them to make informed choices about their future," Dr Castelli said.
"The students were inspired by engineers who design equipment for people with disabilities; they isolated DNA from a plant; found out how maths could help them win games; took part in an amazing race; and found out what an environmental scientist really does."