Classrooms convert to science labs

Donnybrook District High School are among a further 100 schools that will receive funding to convert existing classrooms into science labs.

The McGowan Government’s $17 million election commitment is preparing WA students for the jobs of the future by transforming 200 primary school classrooms into science labs by 2021.

Each school will also receive $25,000 to purchase 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 first round of 100 were announced last year with schools being selected based on their plans to grow and improve science education and prepare students for the future. 

Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray said the state government is preparing WA kids for future jobs. 

“These new science labs in our local schools will get students excited to learn the skills they’ll need in the 21st century,” he said. 

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

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the $17 million election commitment means students across the State will have access to specialist STEM learning environments.

“Even those students who don’t become science practitioners will benefit from the generic skills science subjects teach them, which are vital for their future job prospects,” he said.

Science Minister Dave Kelly said the state is investing in science to ensure Western Australians have the right skills for the jobs of the future.

“Having access to modern laboratories in primary school will encourage an interest in science from a young age, which will hopefully last a lifetime,” he said.