Students at Brompton Primary School will be the first to benefit from the state government’s $250 million investment in upgrading science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) facilities at 139 South Australian public schools.
A $1 million STEM Works grant has been used to upgrade an existing building and install modern equipment and furniture, which will help the school to deliver 21st century learning.
Brompton Primary’s new STEM centre boasts a mini-theatre for presentations, green screen work and light experiments, interactive surfaces including a Lego wall and pegboards and a flexible, interconnected design so students can participate in a wide range of STEM-based activities.
The facility is connected to the school’s courtyard, vegetable garden and nearby classrooms to ensure STEM will be a normal part of the school day, which is easily accessible and highly visible.
Brompton Primary School Principal Tina Treffers said students and teachers were all looking forward to making use of this fantastic new STEM facility.
“The well-equipped, modern space allows our teachers to plan some really interesting lessons and explore STEM subjects in a way which I know will excite and engage students”.
The 2016-17 State Budget included $500 million to modernise STEM learning facilities in public and non-government schools with the aim of giving students every opportunity to claim the jobs of the future, including in advanced manufacturing and defence.
Construction on STEM projects at the following schools will start this month:
- Keller Road Primary School (Salisbury East)
- Woodville High School
- Hincks Ave Primary School (Whyalla)
- Long Street Primary School (Whyalla)
- Largs Bay Primary School
- Mitcham Primary School
- North Haven Primary School
- Wynn Vale R-7
- Hackham East Primary School
- Salisbury Park Primary School
- Port Pirie West Primary School