Ashburton Drive Primary School rewarded for science initiative

Pictured (L-R) Zahra Sharifi,11, Liliana Jones,10, Lucas Taylor,10 Terry Healy MLA, Purvish Appadoo,10 Picture: Will Russell
Pictured (L-R) Zahra Sharifi,11, Liliana Jones,10, Lucas Taylor,10 Terry Healy MLA, Purvish Appadoo,10 Picture: Will Russell

ASHBURTON Drive Primary School is transforming a classroom into a laboratory to inspire students to study science.

The Gosnells school is one of 100 to benefit from a State Government initiative to boost science in primary education.

Each school has been promised grant money to turn a classroom into a specialised science laboratory and purchase equipment such as 3D models of the solar system and human anatomy, digital microscopes, 3D printers, virtual reality headsets and robotics and renewable energy kits.

Science specialist teacher Jenny Hall said 80 per cent of jobs in the future would involve science and it was vital kids were introduced to it as early as possible.

“It’s really important for all the students to get a good science education because they will need it for the future,” she said.

“I also think because they have science as a specialist learning area for such a continuous period of time, by the time they go to high school, they have a really good understanding of science, and they have a really good understanding of the process of scientific investigation.

“I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to upgrade our materials so these kids have the same opportunities as kids from wealthier schools, because they have the potential.”

Southern River MP Terry Healy said laboratory conversions were a fantastic initiative.

“The base skills and inspiration the kids learn here means when they get to high school they have the skills to excel,” he said.

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