Schools to convert classroom into dedicated science lab

F to Back - Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai & Piara Waters Primary School's Kieran Moore (Deputy Principal) Students L to R - Taniskka Amarnath, Hannah Frost, Saskia Coomer, Cruise Morrison, Harley Coad & Collins Gachuche. Photo: Jon Hewson. d488069 communitypix.com.au
F to Back - Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai & Piara Waters Primary School's Kieran Moore (Deputy Principal) Students L to R - Taniskka Amarnath, Hannah Frost, Saskia Coomer, Cruise Morrison, Harley Coad & Collins Gachuche. Photo: Jon Hewson. d488069 communitypix.com.au

More than half a dozen local primary schools will have dedicated science laboratories by 2021.

Forrestdale, Harmony, Hilton, Piara Waters, South Lake, Woodland Grove and Success primary schools were among 100 WA schools named in the second round of State Government funding, allowing them to convert existing classrooms into science labs.

Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai, who celebrated the news with Piara Waters PS students on Friday, said each school would also received funds to buy laboratory equipment and resources such as solar system and human anatomy models, robotics kits and digital microscopes.

“New science labs at these schools will get students excited to learn the skills they’ll need in the 21st century,” he said.

“Future jobs will involve knowledge creation and innovation and I’m excited that students will be supported to explore, experiment and learn, right here in our community.”

Science minister Dave Kelly said giving students access to modern laboratories while they were in primary school would encourage an interest in science from a young age.

Armadale, Brookman, Canning Vale, Challis, East Maddington, East Hamilton Hill, Orange Grove, Westfield Park and Yangebup primary schools were announced in the program’s first round.