Hampton Senior High School students get busy in new STEM room

Gorman (Candidate for Perth), Hampton SHS student Geena Gill, Science Minister Dave Kelly MLA and Hampton SHS Principal Steve Beaton, seen here checking out some of the new equipment. Photo: David Baylis
Gorman (Candidate for Perth), Hampton SHS student Geena Gill, Science Minister Dave Kelly MLA and Hampton SHS Principal Steve Beaton, seen here checking out some of the new equipment. Photo: David Baylis

HAMPTON Senior High School students are now able to create 3D designs in industry-standard settings in its recently-refurbished STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) room.

Science Minister and Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly officially opened the new room featuring a laser cutter, computer numerical control router, 3D printer and computers on May 31.

The State Government provided $160,000 towards the room, which will help students develop integrated skills to succeed in STEM pathways.

Head of science and STEM program co-ordinator Luke Chapman said the whole school made the most of the facility.

“The refurbishment and the furnishing was finished early in term one,” he said.

“We have been putting the finishing touches to the room since then and installing the machinery, getting the machines operational and arranging for teachers to be trained to be able to get students using them.

“In some respects I imagine the room will never be truly finished – I think there will always be a need to respond to changes in technology and student interest to ensure we are using the workshop to train students in relevant contexts.”

Mr Chapman said students had the opportunity to make designs using 3D software.

“These enable students to design and produce their own components within engineering systems,” he said.

“It gives them the possibility of being able to make and test their designs, giving them valuable experience in the design process.”

Mr Kelly said the new room would assist teachers to continue the “incredible” work they did and prepare students for jobs of the future.

The school will host a TechFest to showcase technology-based work across information and community technology, design and technology, science and mathematics on June 20 from 4pm to 7pm.

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