Guest Article - Scitech

Scitech has launched a brand-new interactive exhibition at the Science Centre in City West called Earth Matters: Rethink the Future.

This multisensory experience highlights some of the changes in our world and showcases the innovations and solutions that will help us adapt our way of living for a more sustainable future.

It will demonstrate the direction of the New Scitech strategy and Scitech’s commitment to elevating the science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) learning journey in WA.

These challenging times have shown us how critical STEM skills and knowledge are to help solve local and global challenges and how innovative STEM engagement is needed for long term change and improvement.

Earth Matters: Rethink the Future has been co-designed with local students and adults who informed the topics they wished to understand and explore. They expressed a desire to see how technology and STEM skills can work together to creatively solve complex problems.

Through a specially curated series of interactive exhibits, shows and hands-on workshops, visitors can explore relationships between humans and habitats and see how our actions have a big impact on the world around us.

Visitors can discover the effect of their actions on the fragile ecosystem of the immersive Banksia Woodland projection, which cycles through the six Noongar seasons. Or use pedal power to explore renewable energy generation, storage and transfer across a 3D Microgrid illuminated by LED animations.

Similarly, an interactive 3D projection map of a coral reef visually demonstrates changes in its ecosystem in response to visitor’s everyday decisions. In other exhibits, a tree shows how it breathes, lives and grows, and a mechanical pump demonstrates how much water is used in the production of a single chocolate bar and other popular lifestyle consumables.

A dedicated Reimagination Zone activates critical thinking and invites visitors to discover their own STEM-based solutions for real-world challenges.

Importantly, the Earth Matters learning experience extends beyond the Science Centre through new regional touring school programs and shows.

Kalien Selby, Scitech Chief Executive Officer said she couldn’t be prouder of the Scitech staff who have been passionately working towards the launch of Earth Matters: Rethink the Future.

“It has been a huge collaborative effort, from co-designing with students, parents and teachers in our community to partnering with local STEM innovators and working with a panel of scientists who are experts in their field,” she said.

“This extensive community engagement has shaped the depth of the learning experience, which has resulted in an inspiring and timely exhibition which highlights the importance of problem-solving through science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills.”

Earth Matters: Rethink the Future is proof of Scitech’s commitment to developing the capability of all Western Australians as a sustainable approach to long term change and improvement,” she continued.

At its heart, Earth Matters and its associated programs have been created to grow STEM participation, encourage inter-generational learning and engage audiences through multi-level problem-solving across both local and broader global challenges.

Scitech has a key role to play in ensuring the social well-being, economic prosperity and sustainability of Western Australia through innovative and impactful STEM engagement. Everyone is invited to experience the unique opportunity of Earth Matters: Rethink the Future.

https://www.scitech.org.au/earth-matters/

This article was submitted by Scitech

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