Wesley College converts old gym into innovation hub

Nicholas Chua and James McMullen.
Nicholas Chua and James McMullen.

WESLEY College has converted its old gymnasium into an innovation centre for children of the future.

The newly refurbished Clive Hamer Wing opened on June 12 and is set to be a magnet for innovation, where Wesley students can move their ideas forward and learn the skills that will be needed for the jobs of tomorrow.

Headmaster David Gee said the integration of technology was outstanding from the centre’s virtual reality gear to its laser cutting machine and 3D printer.

“We’re delighted with this as a collaborative space,” he said.

“Students can broadcast their work, make prototype games, or build robots.

Liam Evans.

“All these things bring together the traditional notions of technology and computer science, but start pushing them forwards.

“It’s not about saying where we are in the present, it’s about where we want to be in the future.”

The refurbishment has been a major undertaking that took seven months and cost more than $3 million.

Going forward, The Clive Hamer wing, dedicated in honour of the fourth Headmaster of Wesley College, will be home to computer sciences, engineering, coding, business ventures and makerspace programs that are consistent with Wesley’s Stem and inquiry-based models.

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