School science ex­per­i­ments on a whole new level

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Near You -

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.

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