Centre for Innovation and Learning unveiled
“The Government’s investment in this centre is supporting ACT students to learn for an unknown future, where our rapidly changing economy means that the jobs and industries in which they’ll work may not currently exist.”
ACTING Chief Minister and Education Minister Yvette Berry officially opened the new Centre for Innovation and Learning at Caroline Chisholm School to cater for teachers and students at Tuggeranong public schools and the wider ACT public schools network.
The $5.9 million investment is geared towards developing students’ skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) disciplines.
“The Government’s investment in this centre is supporting ACT students to learn for an unknown future, where our rapidly changing economy means that the jobs and industries in which they’ll work may not currently exist,” Ms Berry said.
“As students develop these skills, they also grow their capability to work collaboratively, think creatively and critically, analyse and solve problems, and use digital technology,” she said.
The centre provides a variety of spaces for individual or group activities, and includes a multi-use science laboratory for chemical, biological and physical science activities; technology, robotics and 3D printing laboratory facilities; areas for design and construction; electronic displays and writable surfaces; and wireless internet connectivity for online learning and coding.
The building is also flexible enough to be used for other curriculum areas and provides a professional development venue for teachers and teacher professional associations as well as for research projects for undergraduate and post-graduate teaching students.
“While the facilities are impressive, I’m more excited about how the ACT’S amazing teachers will use the Centre to facilitate great learning for inquiring, innovative students,” Ms Berry said.
“Through the Future of Education conversation, students and business have told me about how important it is that students are learning for the future.”
“The Centre for Innovation and Learning fulfils a 2015-16 Budget commitment. The Government will build on this commitment when it delivers the Academy for Coding and Cyber Skills, as promised in the 2016 election.”
The for Innovation and Learning at Caroline Chisholm School.