Young scientists excited by BioDiscovery Lab


The first students from a metropolitan primary school to visit the Lotterywest BioDiscovery Centre have been introduced to the tools used by medical researchers during a special education session at the Perkins.

The community education programs usually offered at the centre are aimed at Year 10 students and above, as well as interested adults.

The group of talented students from year 5, 6 and 7 students from Rostrata Primary School in Willetton, came well-equipped. They had already had a taste of science from Perkins Professor Julian Heng, whose sons attend the school.

Julian Heng
Associate Professor Julian Heng and Richard Johnson

Associate Professor Heng has been teaching a 6 week program at the school,  entitled “Genes, Organisms and Life”.

The program was co-written with the students’ science teacher, the dynamic Richard Johnson who received the Prize Minister’s Prize for Science Education last year (2013).

Associate Professor Heng said his goal was to introduce young inquisitive minds into the science of everyday life. 

“We are interested to introduce students to life you can see, as well as to inform them on life you can’t readily see with the naked eye,” he said.

“We want to inspire the next generations of curious minds to adopt a scientific way of thinking about how we live our life, and how we can improve it for the future.”

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