Centre of the future
WESLEY College has opened its new science centre, which the school hopes will help students with their future careers.
The facility, which cost about $10m, has been named after long-serving teacher Mildred Manning, who taught biology at the school between 1923 and 1970.
The Mildred Manning Science Centre was opened as part of National Science Week, with WA chief scientist professor Peter Klinken attending.
Wesley College head of science Ian Simpson said among the innovations at the centre was the ability to monitor CO2 levels and increase airflow if needed.
“The idea is that the learning spaces are agile and we have sliding doors to shift and change them, which means they are quite agile,” he said.
“In the past there were four walls, one teacher and one class, but here there is no front of the classroom and teachers can come in and out.
“All of our tech is on show and not hidden away so people can interact with it.”
Mr Simpson said the former facilities were traditional science classes.
“We looked at other schools, universities and medical facilities to create something like there was in the real world,” he said.
“There is nothing like this in any other school.”
Wesley College students Nick Buckby and Tom Kelly check out the new science centre.
The exterior of the Mildred Manning Science Centre.