Fu­ture sci­en­tists

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Yanchep La­goon Pri­mary School stu­dents ex­plore the world of science in a con­verted class­room.

YANCHEP La­goon Pri­mary School stu­dents are dis­cov­er­ing the di­ver­sity of science in new fa­cil­i­ties this term.

The school was one of the first to have a class­room up­graded into a science lab through the State Gov­ern­ment’s $17 mil­lion ‘Science in Schools’ pro­gram to con­vert 200 class­rooms.

Prin­ci­pal Alan Cur­tis said the main­stream class­room was con­verted dur­ing sec­ond term and the school also re­ceived $25,000 to buy teach­ing re­sources.

When the Times vis­ited, a Year 3 class was work­ing with robots, digital mi­cro­scopes, elec­tri­cal sys­tems, 3D con­struc­tion and Lego.

Science teacher Alan Smithies said he would use the fund­ing to buy more mi­cro­scopes, robots and iPads, adding to Stem (science, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics) kits that the school al­ready had.

He said the Lego would help teach stu­dents about build­ing and con­struc­tion, de­vel­op­ing their skills be­yond the kits that the blocks usu­ally came in.

“When they try to build some­thing that’s not as struc­tured, they strug­gle,” he said.

Mr Smithies, who takes all classes from pre-pri­mary to Year 6 for science, said the school planned to cre­ate a gar­den near the science lab as well, so his classes could venture out­doors.

Mr Cur­tis said re­de­vel­op­ment of the four-decade old school, for­merly Yanchep District High School, was due to start in 2019-20.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d485135

Science spe­cial­ist Alan Smithies with Year 3 stu­dents at Yanchep Pri­mary School.

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