Science laboratories for Yanchep and Alkimos schools

Yanchep Lagoon Primary School students are set to benefit from the installation of a science laboratory, which will happen sometime during the next two years.

YANCHEP Lagoon and Alkimos Beach primary schools will be among the first round of schools to have existing classrooms converted into science laboratories.

The McGowan Labor Government’s $17 million election commitment included $12m to transform 200 existing primary school classrooms into science laboratories by 2021, with an additional $5 million for resources.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said each school had identified an area to be transformed into a science laboratory from the $12m investment.

Ms Ellery said in addition, each school would receive $25,000 from the $5m allocation, to buy 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.

She said it was vital for today’s students to understand the concepts taught in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for their future job prospects.

“We want to ignite an interest in science in WA children from a young age so they continue with that study in secondary school and are job-ready when they start to enter the workforce in the late 2020s or early 2030s,’’ she said.

“Even those students who don’t become science practitioners will benefit from the generic skills science subjects teach them – teamwork, problem solving, creativity, independent thinking, critical analysis, initiative and communication.’’