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