Belmay students swap classes for Scitech


Belmay Primary students Adam Hamling, Alicia Curtis and Cooper Vermeulen with Bucky the dinosaur.
Belmay Primary students Adam Hamling, Alicia Curtis and Cooper Vermeulen with Bucky the dinosaur.

MORE than 60 Belmay Primary School students swapped their classes in Cloverdale for Scitech last week as part of Scitech’s Schools Access Program.

The students explored the world of hands-on science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education while experiencing Scitech’s latest feature exhibit Explore-a-Saurus.

Scitech’s director of science programs Andrew Hannah said the program provided a valuable learning experience for schools.

“We have found schools who visit through the program see real benefit from their time here, often taking what they learned back to the classroom,” Mr Hannah said.

“The excursions are designed to have a lasting impact on the students’ capability in and enjoyment of science.

“Self-efficacy and enjoyment are important in learning as they have been shown to have considerable impact on the way students set goals and use learning strategies.”

Belmay Primary School teacher Megan Klaver said funding from Perth Airport had made the excursion possible.

“Perth Airport funding has made this rich learning experience a reality for students who may not have been able to otherwise,” Ms Klaver said .

“The Scitech Planetarium was the students’ favourite part of the day.”