Grant helps school teach science skills
MICROSCOPES, scales and test tubes will be at River Valley Primary School students’ finger tips from next term thanks to a $10,000 State Government grant for science kits.
More than 60 schools in WA received funding through the Science Resource Grants Program and 25 were awarded $10,000.
Schools receiving the grants had to have a maximum of 100 students, with the money used to purchase equipment such as telescopes, salinity testing kits, raised garden beds, Lego kits, solar/photovoltaic cell kits and Petri dishes.
River Valley deputy principal Mark Gledhill said the school would use the grant to purchase science experiment kits.
Teachers often had to look around to collect materials for science experiments, Mr Gledhill said, but the kits would have all they needed.
“Quite often you don’t do an experiment because you can’t find test tubes or something, especially in the smaller schools,” he said.
“The school’s going to put a couple of thousand (dollars) on top of that to make sure we get enough for the whole school.
“It gives the students a better program overall.”
The kits contain tools such as test tubes, beakers, microscopes and scales which can be reused, as well as chemicals and experimental materials which would be replaced as needed.
Mr Gledhill said the kits would arrive part way through next term.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the grants would ensure teachers had access to equipment that allowed them to deliver science, technology, engineering and mathematics subjects in an exciting and innovative way.
“We want our young people to develop an interest in science that continues throughout their schooling, and puts them in the best possible place to take up the job opportunities of the future,” she said.