The Clandestine Laboratory Experience Death Detectives
Discover what it is like to investigate the dangers of a clandestine laboratory (illicit drugs laboratory)with WA Police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and ChemCentre. Collect samples from the mock scene, wear the important protective clothing and finally make sure you are decontaminated before leaving the scene.
Explore the laboratory!
ChemCentre Chemists and PathWest Forensic Pathologists will be on hand to explain the science behind investigating ‘death’. What different fluids or organs are sampled during a post-mortem and why? How sensitive are our instruments at detecting drugs? How long after death can drugs be detected? Do you know the location of the organs in the body? Why are new drugs a challenge for us? How does automation help us work smarter and faster?
Want to know more? Come and ask us a question!
Under the Influence
When you arrive make sure you book a forensic science or environmental chemistry laboratory tour!
You’ll be guided past the laboratories with your own ChemCentre expert highlighting a number of exciting cases, interesting instruments and at the ready to answer any of your questions.
Tours will run every 20 minutes. Capacity is limited.
POW! Science Show
See how you fair at simple tasks while ‘under the influence’ wearing our alcohol and drug goggles.
Curious what happens to a road-side drug sample once collected by WA Police? Board the WA Police ‘booze bus', quiz the chemists and learn more about the process.
Free Garden Soil Testing
Children (and those who are young at heart) will love this exciting and exhilarating show where a ChemCentre Chemist will guide the audience through four exciting, explosive experiments.
Shows run for 15 minutes, located on the main stage, at 10:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm and 3:15 pm.
Make your own Bath Salts
Our environmental chemists are ready to analyse your garden soils. Just bring 4-5 tablespoons of soil in a ziplock bag or small container to the Soil Testing stall on the day, where our experts will analyse it for FREE!
Learn more about the salinity and pH of your soil, and how this will impact your garden. Chat to an environmental chemist on the day and take home some handy tips for your garden
HAZMAT Emergency Response Mobile Laboratory
Make your own take home bath salts and learn more about the chemistry of odours and volatile compounds with the ChemCentre Chemists!
Everyone has an important role when dealing with critical chemical incidents… Learn how collaboration is critical when you meet Department of Fire and Emergency Services First Responders who manage the State’s chemical incidents with the assistance of ChemCentre Chemists.
Explore ChemCentre’s Hazardous Material Emergency Response team’s ‘laboratory on wheels’, which includes a range of scientific equipment and portable devices used to detect and identify unknown chemicals in an emergency incident!
Curious where a career in chemistry can take you? Learn about the diverse career paths available within chemistry and how to kick start your careers by chatting to academics from South Metropolitan TAFE, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia, as well as practising chemists from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and ChemCentre.
Learn more about their stalls in the partner information below.
Little Heroes Missions
Where is the future taking us?! Quiz the chemists who lead a range of our research and innovation projects including ChemCentre’s Proteomics and Honey Research programs. These projects have had, and will continue to have, an impact on our community and economy into the future.
Learn more at ChemCentre Open Day.
Photoshoot for science superheroes with FREE printout
There is something for everyone at ChemCentre Open Day including our Little heroes’ tent for younger children. Come and play with the oobleck, get your face painted with the Science Superheroes and join in the colouring in station
Fairy Floss and Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
- Snap a photo at the photobooth, or the Science Superhero photo board or any of the activities throughout the day.
- Share to Twitter or Instagram using #ChemCentreOpenDay
- Collect your free photo printout at Mission Control on level 2.
Mission Briefs and Take Home Science Kits
Sample the delicious delights and learn more about the intriguing science behind our favourite treats.
Will you accept your mission?
Collect your mission brief at Mission Control (on level 2), explore the world of chemistry and earn your take home science kit.
Your kit includes four activity guidelines, a beaker, a test tube, a pipette and more!
Ideal for children and parents to complete together.