Teachers get a taste of BioDiscovery Centre

Teachers conference

25 senior school science teachers convened at the UWA Centre for Learning Technology to sample and discuss some of the proposed activities that will form the program for the Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre.

The teachers joined Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research Education Outreach Manager, Pauline Charman, to review the best methods for enticing students to medical science.

Pauline has an extensive background in secondary school science teaching and human biology and operates the Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre with a team of medical researchers from the Perkins.

The forum allowed teachers to contribute suggestions for how the BioDiscovery activities should relate to the school curriculum.
Discussions included activity proposals, curriculum links and equipment usage and gave teachers an opportunity to appraise existing lesson plans.

“We’re very interested in delivering a program that complements current science lessons and gives students a taste for what to expect from a career in medical research,” Pauline said.

“Most of all we want to excite the students by illustrating what medical science is all about. Scientists are changing lives and it’s thrilling – we want to show students what that’s all about”.

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