Full steam ahead for sci­ence

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

d454678 A NEW cut­ting-edge sci­ence fa­cil­ity is un­der con­struc­tion at Wes­ley Col­lege to help en­cour­age sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, engi­neer­ing, arts and math­e­mat­ics (STEAM) ed­u­ca­tion.

The new cen­tre, named a Sci­ence Cen­tre for To­mor­row, is at the fore­front of se­condary ed­u­ca­tion and aligns closely with STEAM phi­los­o­phy.

Util­is­ing mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, the build­ing it­self serves as a sci­ence ex­per­i­ment, al­low­ing stu­dents to in­ter­act with live data on light, move­ment, sound and rain­wa­ter col­lec­tion.

The plans also fea­ture multi-dis­ci­plinary and col­lab­o­ra­tive spa­ces with tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment in­clud­ing par­a­bolic dishes, molec­u­lar mi­cro­scopes, tele­scopes, as well as the in­stal­la­tion of a bee hive.

Wes­ley Col­lege head­mas­ter David Gee said learn­ing and teach­ing STEAM was piv­otal.

“In to­day’s fast-paced en­vi­ron­ment of ever-ac­cel­er­at­ing sci­en­tific discovery and economies driven by tech­no­log­i­cal ad­vance­ment, teach­ing in sci­ence has never been more im­por­tant,” he said.

“Our sci­ence fa­cil­ity re­de­vel­op­ment is an op­por­tu­nity for us to ac­tively en­gage more stu­dents by mak­ing it an in­spir­ing space for all.

“Our job is to en­sure stu­dents leave Wes­ley with an un­der­stand­ing of how the world around them works, prob­lem-solv­ing skills to make a real dif­fer­ence and hope­fully a sense of cu­rios­ity, cre­ativ­ity and life­long love of learn­ing.”

The sci­ence cen­tre will in­clude a three-storey liv­ing wall with aquapon­ics set-up, to en­able stu­dents to work on and mon­i­tor en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions.

A two-storey drop zone will also be in­stalled to ex­per­i­ment with grav­ity, in­clud­ing a wind tur­bine to send ob­jects back up against a grav­i­ta­tional pull.

The cen­tre should be com­pleted next year.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Sci­en­tists Dr Kris­ten Nowak and Dr Philip Nakashima with stu­dents An­drea Koh, Domenic Scutti, Madi­son Coles and Ben­jamin Mid­dle­mas.

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