Cen­tre of the fu­ture

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

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.

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