On the 9th of April, we journeyed to Scitech planetarium located at City West centre, West Perth.
In Scitech amidst the Rio Tinto Innovation Central, we went to greet a humanoid robot named Robothespian who mimicked our actions and spoke to us. We explored many interactive activities that have taught us about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. One of our favourite activities was the paper cups levitation experiment. These activities were not only fun to engage in but they were also artistically innovative for example the moving ‘Umbrella Tree’ sculpture by Phil Gamblen were fascinatingly clever and at the same time very beautiful.
We also discovered the new Astronaut exhibition which consists of 26 new hands-on exhibitions which explores the physical and mental challenges involved in space exploration. We learnt what it takes to become an astronaut, and how astronauts conduct maintenance on a space station, grow space food and how they manage day-to-day activities like showering, sleeping, brushing their teeth and using the toilet in space. This exhibition was very exciting and impressive. We were very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit prior to exhibition closing date of 25th of April before they take-off to their next destination which will be the NASA Science Center in Houston, Texas.
Runi Cullen – Activities Officer