Students learnt the importance of science last week as they took part in the annual Leonardo Day event at the Brunswick Junction Showgrounds.

Named after the scientist, artist and inventor, Leonardo Day is an event designed for upper primary school students to participate in a range of Science Technology Engineering and Math activities and demonstrations.

Eight primary schools from around the South West including Allanson, Kingston, Our Lady of Lourdes, Yarloop, Brunswick Junction, Clifton Park, St Mary’s and St Michael’s took part in the event.

There were 15 stations that included hands-on activities ranging from lava lamp making to experimenting with the centre of gravity, each running for 30 minutes.

Outside organisations such as Scitech and Waste Wise also got involved on the day, providing demonstrations and educational information for students.

One of the event coordinators, Deborah Jolliffe, said the event was a great way to expose young students to the world of science.

“Leonardo Day gives students from small schools in the region the chance to participate in STEM activities whilst having some fun and making new friends,” Ms Jolliffe said.

In honour of the event’s 30th year, one of the long-standing program coordinators, John Duzevich, attended the day and cut a celebratory cake.