Stu­dent ed­u­ca­tion gath­ers steam

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A NEW sci­ence tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing, arts and math (Steam) cen­tre has been of­fi­cially opened at South Coast Bap­tist Col­lege in Waikiki.

WA Se­na­tor Linda Reynolds opened the new fa­cil­ity last week.

“It was great to visit South Coast Bap­tist Col­lege to see the new fa­cil­i­ties and the pos­i­tive im­pact they will have on stu­dents’ learn­ing po­ten­tial,” she said.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment pro­vided $1.2 mil­lion through the cap­i­tal grants pro­gram to­ward the $4.3 mil­lion project, which in­cludes two sci­ence lab­o­ra­to­ries, two food tech­nol­ogy learn­ing ar­eas, a prepa­ra­tion area, a break­out area, a tech­ni­cal graph­ics lab­o­ra­tory and an ex­hi­bi­tion, project and model cafe area.

Ms Reynolds said Steam sub­jects were im­por­tant for stu­dents’ job skill sets of the fu­ture.

In­de­pen­dent schools in WA would also ben­e­fit from in­creased fund­ing.

Money for in­de­pen­dent schools in WA is es­ti­mated to grow from $511.1 mil­lion in 2017 to $547.9 mil­lion in 2018, $671.5 mil­lion in 2021 and $953.2 mil­lion in 2027.

It rep­re­sents an av­er­age per stu­dent in­crease of 5.9 per cent each year over the next four years.

South Coast Bap­tist Col­lege stu­dents (from left) Daniel Fran­cis, Chloe Giles, Harry Bolan, Tameeka Tay­lor, Cor­nelus Sauer and Emma Markus mak­ing use of the new fa­cil­i­ties.

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