8 eastern suburbs primary schools to benefit from science funding

8 eastern suburbs primary schools to benefit from science funding

EIGHT primary schools in the eastern suburbs have received funding to transform existing classrooms into science labs.

Dryandra, Ashfield, Ballajura, Hampton Park, Nollamara, Sutherland Dianella, Westminster and Westminster Junior primary schools were among the first 100 schools to benefit from the State Government’s $17 million election commitment.

From the $17 million, $12 million will go towards converting 200 classrooms into science labs by 2021, with an extra $5 million for resources.

Each school will receive $25,000 to buy laboratory equipment and resources such as 3D models of the solar system and human anatomy, digital microscopes, 3D printers, virtual reality headsets, robotics and renewable energy kits.

Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman said the new labs would provide an opportunity to engage students in STEM programs.

Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson said the commitment helped ignite an interest in science amongst WA kids from a young age.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said it was vital for students to understand the concepts taught in STEM for their future job prospects.

“Even those students who don’t become science practitioners will benefit from the generic skills science subjects teach them – teamwork, problem solving, creativity, independent thinking, critical analysis, initiative and communication,” she said.

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