Full steam ahead for science
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.
Scientists Dr Kristen Nowak and Dr Philip Nakashima with students Andrea Koh, Domenic Scutti, Madison Coles and Benjamin Middlemas.