Funding program to improve science education
The first of 200 transformations of primary school classrooms into science laboratories has been completed as part of the Western Australian Government’s $17 million Science in Schools program.
Belmont Primary School, which is the first to reveal its new science laboratory, also received $25,000 to purchase laboratory equipment.
“Our focus on science in schools means more students across the state can take part in new learning experiences in a well-equipped, contemporary science lab, and teachers have more resources to plan hands-on activities,” said Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery.
The Science in Schools program will involve 200 public primary schools from across the state, selected based on their plans to grow and improve science education to skill students for the jobs of the future.
A total of 100 schools were allocated funding in the first round, with half of the allocated schools in low socio-economic areas.
“The generic skills students will learn in these new labs are vital for their future job prospects and for the state’s future economy,” added Minister Ellery.
From 24 July 2018, public primary schools can express their interest in the second round, which will see another 100 science laboratories delivered from 2020. . Expressions of interest will close on 17 August 2018.