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by Victoria Button (subscribe)
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Published November 5th 2011

Play your way to scientific smarts at Scitech, no matter your age.

Visitors are 'encouraged to touch, switch, climb, crank, twist, turn, ponder and explore', according to the discovery centre's website.

It's all very interactive.

Grab some heavy rings and spin around on a chair to replicate the way ice skaters spin slower when extending their arms then speed up as they draw them inward.

The Joy of Learning

Sit on a chair attached to pulleys to lift your own weight without excessive effort.

Lie down to take a trip on a virtual hang-glider – it's pretty tricky to avoid a crash.


Thrill seekers should keep an eye on the Scitech website as a scary-looking 360 degree bike ride is scheduled to open soon.

Staff Testing the 360 Degree Bike

While most adult visitors are there with children, there's plenty of genuine interest to adults.

On a recent visit with my preschooler, I was frustrated and entranced by a ball-in-bucket game with moveable deflection paddles, rings and ramps.

I also loved the 'Kinetic Contraption', which is not only the world's largest ball race – with more than 100 metres of stainless steel tracks – but is also almost like a work of industrial art.

World's Largest Ball Race

There is a smaller version in the children's section, Discoverland, which is always occupied with children co-operating to turn various handles to operate equipment propelling the balls.

Factory Work for Fun

Children can also play with shadows, experiment with wind, and 'work' a building site complete with foam blocks, bags on pulleys and wheelbarrows.

There are puppet shows intermittently throughout the day.

Fish Eye View

Shadow Play

Colour and Movement

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Why? Fun Way to Learn.
When: 9.30am - 4pm weekdays, 10am - 5pm weekends and public holidays, closed Christmas Day
Where: Corner of Sutherland St and Roe St, West Perth
Cost: $14 Adults, $9 Kids (4-15yrs)
Your Comment
Looks like a great place to visit.
by GilliansCamera (score: 2|381) 2742 days ago
Revisited Scitech recently and the 360 degree bike is now open but only during specified session times, not all day.
by Victoria Button (score: 1|74) 3384 days ago
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