Cen­tre for Innovation and Learn­ing un­veiled

The Australian Education Reporter - - NEWS - EMMA DAVIES

“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.

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