Science class made cool: check out Scienceworks’ newest exhibition

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A ground-breaking new exhibition at Scienceworks, Beyond Perception: Seeing the Unseen’ puts teenagers very much front and centre.

What’s a savvy way to get high school students excited about considering a science, technology, engineer or maths (STEM) career? Ask THEM what they want to see.

That’s the approach taken by Scienceworks in their latest exhibition that has been two years the making. Along with consulting 28 top scientists and engineers from Victoria’s universities and research institutions, the curators involved 37 students aged 12 to 15 to have their say on what they’d like to experience in a STEM-centric exhibition.

The result? A fun, interactive compendium that uses the latest research on 3D scanning to digitally dissect the extinct Tasmanian tiger, shows how black holes collide and create gravitational waves (building on Einstein’s 1916 theory of relativity) and explores aerodynamics by allowing you to move small rocks through a haze of liquid nitrogen. And that’s just for starters.

At least half of the exhibition collaborators are female – a significant move given that nationally, women comprise just 28 per cent of the STEM-qualified population.