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Labs open up for Discovery Day


When 11-year-old Lana Goodall came across the Children’s Medical Research Institute stall during Science Week at the Australian Museum her mind was blown.

“I met someone who told me I could come and do a tour of the labs, so I signed up my whole family on-the-spot,’’ Lana said excitedly.

Last week Kevin Goodall brought his four children, including Lana, Abby (age 8), Anna (age 9) and Luke (age 10) to CMRI at Westmead to do Discovery Day tour. They were taken into a variety of labs and told about the different types of research that is conducted at CMRI, with an opportunity to chat to the scientists.

Lana was still beaming from ear-to-ear at the end.

“My favourite part was seeing the freezer with the dry ice, it was so cold,’’ she said. “And I got to see the machines that are worth $1.5m, that’s a lot of money.’’

At the end, the children were given some science-based activities, including learning to pipette with coloured water which was Abby’s favourite part.

Kevin home schools his children and is always looking for new ways to make learning fun.

“I’ll be honest with you, when Lana signed us up I didn’t have much expectation of what would be involved,’’ he said. “But I found it all fascinating. The kids love learning new things and anything that can teach them in a fun way, and especially to educate them about research. I think it was a great thing for them to be exposed to.’’

Discovery Days are held on a regular basis for all ages. They are open to individuals, families and groups. They are particularly popular with community groups like Rotary or Probus.

CMRI’s next Discovery Day is on November 15. To register or find out more, phone Community Relations Manager Jennifer Philps on 8865 2819.