Waikiki students to gain 3D experience of the world in new science lab

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby with Year 6 student Brooke Burdett, Year 5 student Chelsea Gallim-Unwin and deputy principal Gordon Cooper at Waikiki Primary School.
Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby with Year 6 student Brooke Burdett, Year 5 student Chelsea Gallim-Unwin and deputy principal Gordon Cooper at Waikiki Primary School.

WAIKIKI Primary School is one of 100 schools to gain a dedicated science lab after successfully obtaining a grant from the State Government.

The school was successful in the second round of grants after Makybe Rise, Baldivis Gardens and Bertram primary schools received their grants earlier this year.

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby said students would learn valuable skills in the lab.

“This is great news for our area. A new science lab at Waikiki Primary will get students excited to learn the skills they’ll need for the jobs of tomorrow,” he said.

“WA’s next generation will be inspired and supported right here in our community.

“The McGowan government’s $17 million election commitment is transforming 200 primary school classrooms into science labs by 2021.

“Each school will also receive $25,000 to purchase lab 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.

“Stem – or science, technology, engineering and maths – is so important in education and having science labs in primary school will help inspire young kids to pursue science-related subjects later in high school.

“Having access to things like 3D printers in modern laboratories will skill kids to get well paid and interesting jobs that our community will need.”

Schools were selected based on their plans to grow and improve science education.