DALMAIN Primary School in Kingsley is one of 200 primary schools set to benefit from funding for new science labs over the next three years.
The State Government committed $17 million for the ‘Science in Schools’ program to transform classrooms into science laboratories by 2021.
Premier Mark McGowan discussed plans for the lab with staff and students yesterday while visiting the classroom which will be converted.
“We want to spark an interest in science in WA children from a young age, so they continue with that study in secondary school and are ready for the jobs of the future,” he said.
“The skills and concepts learnt in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are crucial for future job prospects.”
Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski said the science lab would add to the school’s strong focus on science, which includes a partnership with Scitech and work with organisation Young Engineers Australia.
“Having a speciality science lab in the school will enable teachers to plan more contemporary, hands-on activities for students, who will learn in a facility with the resources and equipment they need,” she said.
The school will also 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 kits and renewable energy kits.
The schools were selected based on their plans to grow and improve science education.
Local schools receiving science lab funding
Alkimos Beach Primary School, Alkimos
Bambara Primary School, Padbury
Beaumaris Primary School, Ocean Reef
Beldon Primary School, Beldon
Clarkson Primary School, Clarkson
Connolly Primary School, Connolly
Dalmain Primary School, Kingsley
Hudson Park Primary School, Girrawheen
Joondalup Primary School, Joondalup
Koondoola Primary School, Koondoola
Marmion Primary School, Marmion
Merriwa Primary School, Merriwa
Mindarie Primary School, Mindarie
North Woodvale Primary School, Woodvale
Ocean Reef Primary School, Ocean Reef
Roseworth Primary School, Girrawheen
Tapping Primary School, Tapping
Yanchep Lagoon Primary School, Yanchep