More than 500 students from Geraldton and elsewhere throughout the NACC NRM region got up-close and personal with science this week at the Geraldton Science Festival.
The festival, aimed primarily at high school students, showcased the many and varied science career paths and opportunities that are available.
NACC hosted a stall, and gave students an insight into environmental science.
NACC Coastal and Marine Program Coordinator Dr Mic Payne talked to students about the importance of beach wrack, who were also fascinated watching dung beetles from Mingenew hard at work!
NACC stall also had some interesting guest appearances from Fauna for the Future, Just Raptors, and the Greenough Wildlife Park to help inspire the school-kids to be more interested in nature conservation, and to learn more about the great work these organisations and their volunteers are doing in our region.
NACC scientists Hamish Longbottom, Emma Jackson and Sarah Gilleland also shared their science career journeys with students in the panel sessions, where students got to ask them all the important questions like: “How are you using technology in your job?” and “what is your favourite colour?”.
Emma Jackson, the event spokesperson, said the festival was a prime opportunity to showcase what the region had to offer students interested in pursuing science careers.
“The Festival was an awesome event with the adults having just as much fun playing with all the displays as the kids,” she said.
“It was a fantastic opportunity to encourage school students to get involved in science and pursue careers in the field.
“It gave them a chance to ask questions and see careers in action.”
Triathletes, botanists, astronomers and medical researchers also shared their expertise with hundreds of locals at the Geraldton Science Festival Community Night.