Scitech continuing to inspire as it celebrates its 30th birthday

by WA Government News | Sep 07, 2018
  • The State Government funds about 50 per cent of Scitech's operations
  • McGowan Government recently provided $25.8 million in funding
  • More than 500,000 Western Australians directly engage with Scitech every year

Scitech last night officially celebrated 30 years of important work inspiring Western Australian children, their families and visitors in all areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Former Labor Deputy Premier Mal Bryce, along with industry, science and education leaders, established Scitech which opened on August 13, 1988.

Over the past five years, Scitech, which comprises an 1,800 square metre exhibit space and boasts the Southern Hemisphere's largest planetarium, has engaged with more than two and a half million people, in person, and more than two million through its digital services.

The much-loved cultural institution has a dedicated tinkering space, five permanent exhibitions and three specialised theatres. It has continued to provide an important service as STEM skills have become increasingly important for all future jobs.

It is estimated that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills. To prepare Western Australians, Scitech has launched its New Scitech strategy which will cater for visitors of all ages and backgrounds as well as those looking to reskill for future jobs.

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