School science experiments on a whole new level
WESLEY College’s science building is set to become a living experiment.
The college has spent over a year consulting leading scientific institutions and experts across the nation to pick the best scientific educational programs available.
Ideas have been taken from SciTech, John Monash Science School in Melbourne, RMIT, Bio 21 Institute, The Cube – QUT in Brisbane, creative director at Google, Lee Hunter and Professor Stephen Heppell.
The redevelopment of the science building will allow students to work with live data on light, movement, Co2 levels, sound and rainwater collection.
The plans feature multidisciplinary and collaborative spaces with technology, including such equipment such as parabolic dishes, molecular microscopes, telescopes, a mass spectrometer and data probes.
A three-storey living wall with full aquaponics will enable students to work on grow beds and use data probes to monitor environmental conditions.
Plans include installation of a beehive and ant nest in a Perspex structure.
A two-storey drop zone will be installed to experiment with gravity, including a wind turbine to send objects back up against a gravitational pull.
Headmaster David Gee said that in today’s fast-paced environment of ever- accelerating scientific discovery and economies driven by technological advancement, teaching and learning science has never been more important.
“This redevelopment of our science facility is an opportunity for us to actively engage more students in the sciences by making it an inspiring space for all,” Mr Gee said.
“It is our job to ensure students leave Wesley with an understanding of how the world works, equip them with problem-solving skills to make a real difference, and hopefully a sense of curiosity and lifelong love of learning,” he said.
The college launched a fundraising campaign to boost funds for the project.