Schools win funds for sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

HALF a dozen lo­cal pri­mary schools will have ded­i­cated sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries by 2021.

For­rest­dale, Har­mony, Hil­ton, Piara Wa­ters, South Lake and Suc­cess pri­mary schools were among 100 WA schools named in the sec­ond round of State Govern­ment fund­ing, en­abling them to con­vert class­rooms into sci­ence labs.

Jan­dakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai, who cel­e­brated the news with Piara Wa­ters PS stu­dents on Fri­day, said each school would also re­ceive funds to buy lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment and re­sources such as so­lar sys­tem and hu­man anatomy mod­els, ro­bot­ics kits and dig­i­tal mi­cro­scopes.

“New sci­ence labs at th­ese schools will get stu­dents ex­cited to learn the skills they’ll need in the 21st cen­tury,” he said.

“I’m ex­cited that stu­dents will be sup­ported to ex­plore, ex­per­i­ment and learn, right here in our com­mu­nity.”

Sci­ence Min­is­ter Dave Kelly said giv­ing stu­dents ac­cess to modern lab­o­ra­to­ries while they were in pri­mary school would en­cour­age an in­ter­est in sci­ence from a young age.

East Hamil­ton Hill and Yange­bup pri­mary schools were in the pro­gram’s first round.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d488069

Jan­dakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai and deputy prin­ci­pal Kieran Moore with stu­dents Taniskka Amar­nath, Han­nah Frost, Saskia Coomer, Cruise Mor­ri­son, Har­ley Coad and Collins Gachuche.

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