What a year! After the amazing launch of National Science Week at Edith Cowan University's Speigeltent by Minister Cook and Professor Peter Klinken - Chief Scientist and Patron of Science Week in WA - over 200 events were registered and run across the state; 78 of which were public. Brain Breaks were incredibly popular this year with 100 organisations and schools hosting one!
Perth residents were treated to talks by researchers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) on the history of Astronomy, The University of Western Australia on Microscopy and Petrology, and Edith Cowan University on the Microbiome. There were quiz nights, science workshops, virtual lab tours and much more! Perth's families were spoilt for choice with science activities happening at Scitech, WA Museum Boola Bardip, AQWA and Kings Park.
Regional communities were treated to a range of events including Science Fairs in Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Karratha and Broome, a Sustainable Living Festival in Geraldton, coding workshops and a 3D printing showcase in Broome, a stargazing night in Toodyay and much more. The Innovators Tea Party took their speed networking to the South West, and Edith Cowan University once again ran their Chemistry Zoom Party both online and in person for hundreds of science-hungry students.
We can't overlook Dr Charles Massey's tour through the state to deliver talks on regenerative agriculture, biodiversity and healing earth systems, Murdoch University who ran their Scintillating Science Quiz for more than 3,500 students, or The National Quantum and Dark Matter Road Trip who toured through WA - stopping off to chat to schools and run quiz nights - ultimately ending their road trip at UWA Day in Perth!
We'd like to take the opportunity to recognise the efforts of WA's science teachers. 42 schools received a grant from the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) to run an event in their school - more than any other state!
National Science Week could not have been as successful as it was without our fantastic grant recipients who hosted engaging events for their communities, and to our generous sponsors. Thank You to everyone involved in National Science Week 2022! We can't wait to do it all again next year.