Inspiring West Australian children, families and visitors in all reads of science, technology, engineering and maths has been Scitech’s mission for the last 30 years of operation.
After opening on August 13th in 1988, by former Labor Deputy Premier and leading industry science and education leaders, Scitech has been home to important STEM education.
Engaging with more than 2.5 million people in person, and more than 2 million through its digital services, 30 years of service is a very big milestone to celebrate.
Deb Hancock, CEO of Scitech explained with approximately 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations requiring STEM skills, Scitech has launched it’s new strategy to cater for visitors of all ages and backgrounds, as well as those looking to reskill fro future jobs.
“What that means is if you don’t have access to the development of these skills you’re going to be locked out of 75% of the fastest growing jobs of the future,”
“So Scitech’s job is to work with all of our partners, community, industry, government, teachers and parents to make sure everyone has the ability to develop these skills,” she said.
It’s not just about the kids though… Scitech will also focus on teenagers to make sure they stay engaged and see possible career opportunities available to them if they have a STEM enabled future.
“We’re also looking at people who are currently working, their jobs are changing how do we help transition them, to up skill them with the skills that they need for jobs that are coming,” she said.
Science Minister, Dave Kelly, congratulated Scitech on its impressive achievements over the past 30 years, and thanks the staff and volunteers who have made Scitech such a special place.
“Scitech is a much loved cultural institution that plays a key role in promoting and inspiring West Australians to take an interest in STEM,
“The McGowan Government recently provided $25.8 million in funding to Scitech over the next three years to continue to promote STEM skills to the community,” he said.
In 2023 Scitech will be relocating to one of three possible sites, including Perth City Link, Forrest Chase or the State Library Centre, but will still be the same special and loved science centre for all!