Penrhos Professors Graduate from Perkins
Penrhos College students graduated from the ground-breaking Penrhos Profs @ Perkins Program at a ceremony held at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
The Penrhos Profs @ Perkins Program is the result of an innovative partnership between Penrhos College and the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, and aims to offer a STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, Engineering) education program to gifted Penrhos students by immersing them into a real life application of a typical STEM career pathway – medical research.
Penrhos College Teacher and Maths Mentor Coordinator Peter Chandler said the program was an amazing opportunity for these students.
“Penrhos College was fortunate to be the first school in Western Australia invited to take part in an inaugural education program. This is now the second year of theprogram, and an amazing opportunity for girls interested in medical research and will provide a useful background for their Mathematics and Science studies at school.
“The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research at QEII is a state of the art research centre with some of the state’s top medical researchers involved,” Mr Chandler said.
The program runs after school for 15 sessions during Term 2. Students attend the Harry Perkins Institute weekly for a two-hour session. A flipped classroom approach utilising device technology is combined with some more traditional lectures, laboratory investigations, with a rigorous and ‘up close and personal’ immersion into the real world of Western Australian medical research.
The course allows students a unique opportunity to work alongside real medical research scientists and be challenged to question, explore, think, collaborate and discover solutions to some of our most complex health issues affecting Western Australians, including cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.