ChemCentre Open Day 2019 - it's a wrap!

ChemCentre Open Day 2019 - it's a wrap!

29 Oct 2019

ChemCentre’s Open Day 2019 went off with a bang! POW! - the explosive science show was a major drawcard at this year’s Open Day which attracted more than 4000 visitors to ChemCentre.

Visitors arrived early to get the chance to go behind the scenes to see how some of the State’s top scientists operate with tours of the forensic science and analytical chemistry laboratories booked out throughout the day. And while the laboratory tours were popular- so was the liquid nitrogen icecream!

Hundreds of budding scientists completed their Mission Brief- undertaking activities and discovering science at a variety of different displays before collecting a take home science kit.

Some dressed in the HAZMAT protective gear and underwent the ‘clan lab decontamination experience’, green thumbs brought their garden soil in for testing, others tested their skills with ‘under the influence’ goggles, took a look inside the WA Police Booze Bus or entered the Danger Zone with ChemCentre’s HAZMAT emergency response team.

Visitors provided about 500 fibres to add to ChemCentre’s world-leading fibre database to help solve crime in WA. Others learnt how the body provides scientists with important information even after death, or were introduced to proteins and the study of proteomics at the Proteo -4-rensic…’who dunnit’ activity.

Some queued to taste test the State’s unique monofloral honey varieties and watch the bees in action at the beehive display and learnt how ChemCentre’s work is value-adding to the honey industry.

Others discovered the chemistry behind oil spills and how ChemCentre plays a role in the clean-up and protecting the environment. While others had fun with What’s That Smell? and discovered how science is used to identify unknown smells.

And for the younger visitors there was colourful chemistry fun with oobleck (for those non-scientists- this is a non-Newtonian fluid meaning that applying force to it will change its viscosity -the ability to flow, so sometimes it will act like a solid, other times it will act like a liquid!).


Chief Executive Officer Peter McCafferty said ChemCentre Open Day would not be possible without the participation of a number of partner organisations with whom we work.

This year these included WA Police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, PathWest, Department of Health and GreyHounds as Pets.

Curtin University, University of Western Australia, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University, South Metropolitan TAFE and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute also joined us, offering interactive science activities to inspire kids to follow a pathway to a career in science.

“I’d like to thank all our partners and volunteers who joined us for Open Day 2019,” said Peter.

“It really is a fantastic effort and provides a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase how we work together to support and safeguard the Western Australian community.”

“Visitors get the chance to connect with science in an engaging and interesting way and we hope it inspires particularly younger visitors to consider a future career in science.”

Learn more about ChemCentre's Open Day or its community and schools Outreach and Education Program now.

Postal address

PO Box 1250

t: (08) 9422 9800
f: (08) 9422 9801

ABN : 40 991 885 705

Street address

Resources and Chemistry Precinct
Corner Manning Road and Townsing Drive
Bentley WA 6102

Reception: Level 2, South Wing, Building 500.

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