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Building begins at first STEM Works school

15 December 2016

Work has started on the first of 139 schools as part of the $250 million STEM Works program.

Builders began work at Brompton Primary School on 12 December 2016 to create the school’s $1 million STEM learning area. Work is expected to be completed in mid-2017.

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in the four specific disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary approach.

The redevelopment at Brompton Primary will feature:

  • a mini-theatre space for presentations, demonstrations and green-screen work that can also be darkened for light experiments
  • almost every surface in the new learning area will be interactive including the ceiling, which is designed for hanging things from and walls in the main space which students will create and change themselves via a Lego wall, pegboards and whiteboards instead of using fixed graphics or patterns on the walls
  • the 4 main zones in the space will be denoted by different flooring, but all interconnected, allowing multiple ways to use the entire area
  • connection to the courtyard, vegetable garden and into nearby classrooms, this will ensure STEM will not be a ‘special’ activity but a normal part of the school day which is easily accessible and highly visible
  • an exposed timber structure around the mini-theatre designed to display how it is constructed.

Brompton Primary School Principal Tina Treffers, is delighted her school is first in line to receive the STEM upgrades.

"Our innovative space was designed in partnership by our students and teachers. The school community is very excited it will lay strong foundations for students to shape their learning for future employment opportunities," Tina said.

Other schools across South Australia will have their own unique designs to reflect their key areas of interest.

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 students to learn about a range of specialist topics including 3D printing, food production, laser cutting, robotics, agricultural engineering and health.

Read more about STEM Works.