Inglewood and Highgate primary schools to benefit from State Govt science education funding


Inglewood PS students Wil Moesker and Isabelle Ooi with Maylands MLA Lisa Baker (centre). Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d477245
Inglewood PS students Wil Moesker and Isabelle Ooi with Maylands MLA Lisa Baker (centre). Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d477245

INGLEWOOD and Highgate primary schools are taking science out of the classrooms and into the lab.

Both inner-city schools are among the first in WA to receive a share of $17 million committed by the State Government to transform an existing classroom at 200 schools into science labs by 2021.

Each school will receive an additional $25,000 out of a $5 million allocation for additional lab equipment and resources including 3D models of the solar system and human anatomy, digital microscopes, 3D printers, virtual reality headsets, robotics kits and renewable energy kits.

In the past, science equipment was brought into the classroom for lessons.

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker said it was important to spark students’ interest in science at primary school.

“Most jobs have science and technology as a base, so if you have a good grounding in that when you’re at primary school, then it makes you so much stronger to go on in your careers, particularly girls in science and technology, but boys too,” she said.

“I wish this kind of facility had been around when I was at primary school.”

Inglewood Primary School principal Janine Bersan said the school had “already been doing a lot with science and technology so we will be able to add to it”.

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