Fund­ing boost for school labs

South Western Times - - News - Michael Philipps

Eight pri­mary schools and one high school in the South West have been se­lected in the lat­est round of fund­ing for sci­ence lab class­room con­ver­sions.

Adam Road, Boy­anup, Bun­bury, Capel, Clifton, Cooinda, Dar­danup and Park­field pri­mary schools and Don­ny­brook District High School were among 100 ed­u­ca­tion fa­cil­i­ties in the State to re­ceive money in the sec­ond round of fund­ing.

Each school will also re­ceive $25,000 to pur­chase lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment and re­sources such as 3D mod­els of the so­lar sys­tem and hu­man anatomy, dig­i­tal mi­cro­scopes, 3D prin­ters, vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets, ro­bot­ics kits and re­new­able en­ergy kits.

Don­ny­brook prin­ci­pal James Milne said he was thrilled his school was one of the 100 se­lected.

“Be­ing a split-site school we have a sci­ence lab on our se­nior cam­pus but we don’t have a sci­ence lab on our ju­nior cam­pus,” he said. “So it is an op­por­tu­nity for us to tran­si­tion our kids to sec­ondary re­ally well with an op­por­tu­nity to ac­cess a lab and be taught by a sci­ence spe­cial­ist at the ju­nior cam­pus.

“Stu­dents need sci­ence in so many of the path­ways they are go­ing to be tak­ing in the fu­ture so it is a cru­cial sub­ject for our stu­dents.

“It is not just sci­ence but it is link­ing it to dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies and sub­jects like that.”

Col­lie-Pre­ston MLA Mick Mur­ray said schools were se­lected based on their plans to grow and im­prove sci­ence ed­u­ca­tion.

“The McGowan Gov­ern­ment is pre­par­ing WA kids for the jobs of the fu­ture,” he said.

“These new sci­ence labs in our lo­cal schools will get stu­dents ex­cited to learn the skills they’ll need in the 21st cen­tury.

“WA’s next gen­er­a­tion will be in­spired and sup­ported right here in our com­mu­nity.”

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