Hundreds of school kids were entertained and enthralled during National Science Week when they were treated to an explosive science show by international science celebrity, The Naked Scientist, Dr Chris Smith.
Dr Smith, a Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Adjunct Professor, performed his famous Naked Scientist Show several times – for high school students from the Rockingham, Mandurah and Murdoch areas and twice for crowds at the Murdoch University Open Day.
Pro Vice Chancellor Engagement, Professor Andrew Taggart, said that Murdoch wanted to work with schools in the Rockingham and Peel areas to encourage more students to study science.
“With some schools struggling to attract students to study science disciplines, initiatives like The Naked Scientist shows are important parts of building science in the regions,” Professor Taggart said.
Dr Smith made the most of his trip down under, taking part in a range of events across WA and meeting hundreds of people along the way.
Well-known science personalities Professor Lyn Beazley and Dr Karl Kruszelnicki joined Dr Smith on trips to Albany and Manjimup where they presented at the Growing Science Forum and encouraged students to consider a career in science.
In Kalgoorlie, Dr Smith was one of four panelists at the ‘Profs and Pints’ event which debated where we should draw the line in terms of ethics and science. The discussion asked whether there are facts we don’t know, technologies we shouldn’t have and lines we shouldn’t cross.
Another important initiative during National Science Week was a science week dinner held at the Mandurah Sebel. Thirty five of the region’s best and brightest teachers and science heads of learning attended from 18 different schools along with Murdoch academics and other stakeholders.
Speakers included Dr Chris Smith, the 2014 Premier’s Science Award finalist Tobias Prosin and food sustainability experts – which related to this year’s theme for National Science Week, Food for our future.
Dr Smith also presented at the launch of National Science Week, and moderated a session with Murdoch’s Professor Steve Wilton and Professor Sue Fletcher about personalised genetic medicines at the AICC(WA) Murdoch University Science and Society Event.