Work is underway on the first of 139 schools receiving infrastructure overhauls as part of the South Australian Government’s $250 million STEM Works program.
Builders are now on site at the Brompton Primary School, which will receive a new $1 million STEM learning area. Work is expected to be complete mid-2017.
Architects have visited nearly all of the 77 primary schools, 44 high schools and 18 R-12 schools that are receiving building and upgrade works.
The 2016-17 State Budget included the $250 million STEM Works package to refurbish and upgrade STEM facilities at 139 public schools across the region.
Through the STEM Works program, schools will receive new flexible learning areas, such as individual breakout spaces, laboratories, maker areas, collaborative learning spaces and outdoor learning spaces.
These areas will be fitted out to cater for teaching a range of specialist topics including 3D printing, food production, laser cutting, robotics, agricultural engineering and health.
Each school will have its own unique design to reflect its key areas of interest.
Quotes attributable to Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close
“It is so important to invest in our children and give them the best opportunities for their futures,” said Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close in a statement.
“That is why we have created the STEM Works program, which will benefit around 75,000 students across the State.
“We want South Australian children to have the best chance to develop skills in technology-related fields so they are well equipped to claim the jobs of the future.”
A full list of the schools selected for the upgrades and building work can be found at www.decd.sa.gov.au/stemworks