Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Education and Training

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Medical Research; State Development, Jobs and Trade; Science

    New program to support science in primary schools and prepare students for jobs of the future

    20/08/2021 11:45 AM
     
    • More than 400 WA public schools will benefit from a new $18.2 million primary school science program
    • 2021 election commitment builds from the previous 200 science laboratories and equipment grants delivered by the McGowan Government
    • Part of a plan to upgrade schools across the State and deliver quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in all public schools
    • Delivering on McGowan Government's election commitment to boost science in schools 

    More than 400 public primary schools across Western Australia will benefit from a new $18.2 million primary school science program, as part of the McGowan Labor Government's 2021-22 State Budget.

     

    Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery was at Rostrata Primary School this morning to announce the program, which will see classrooms at more than 130 schools upgraded into science laboratories to help deliver quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in all public schools.

     

    Upon completion of the classroom upgrade, these schools will receive $25,000 resource grants.

     

    As part of the package, more than 280 additional primary schools will also have access to $10.3 million worth of science resource grants to enable them to boost their science education equipment and materials.

     

    Schools can use the resource grants to purchase equipment such as 3D models, digital microscopes, 3D printers, virtual reality headsets, robotics kits and renewable energy kits.

     

    This program builds on the previous McGowan Government election commitment which delivered 200 science laboratories and resources to public schools around the State.

     

    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:

     

    "I'm pleased we can deliver a key election commitment of this Government to turn primary school classrooms into science labs.

     

    "We've already transformed 200 classrooms at schools across the State and this further investment in the program will enhance education in science in more than 400 classrooms."

     

    Comments attributed to Science Minister Roger Cook:

     

    "It's essential that students are provided with the highest quality facilities and resources in science, technology, engineering and maths so they are prepared for the jobs they need in the future.

     

    "Equipping our kids with STEM skills will drive the State's technological future and help achieve amazing things like preventing diseases and protecting our environment."

     

    Education and Training Minister's office - 6552 5700

    Science Minister's office - 6552 6500