Grant helps school teach sci­ence skills

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - David Charlesworth

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.

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