Science labs to prepare students for the future
CLASSROOMS in 100 schools will be turned into science labs in a bid to get students ready for the jobs of the future.
Cannington MLA Bill Johnston said 75 per cent of jobs in the fastest growing industries would require science, technology, economics and maths (STEM) skills and 90 per cent of jobs would need people with digital skills in the next two to five years.
The science lab initiative, which was announced last week, was an election commitment and the conversions are expected to start next year.
A further 100 schools will be identified in 2019 to be converted over the next two years.
Up to 50 places will be reserved for schools in low socio-economic areas and each of the 200 schools selected will be allocated $25,000 to purchase equipment and resources for their students.
Curtin University head of school for education Karen Murcia said graduates from science, technology, engineering and maths courses at university were declining.
“Children are choosing to not take maths or taking lower maths classes and are opting out of harder sciences like physics and chemistry,” Dr Murcia said.
She said the top five jobs least likely to be automated were some health workers, school teachers and engineers and those in ICT.
Brookman Primary School students Tiahna Websdale, Emma Qua and Braedi Hayden with science teacher Taneal Thompson and Cannington MLA Bill Johnston.