Students, staff and the local community celebrated the opening of the new $1million Keller Road Primary STEM Works facility on 20 November.
The new 460 square metre indoor and outdoor facility provides students with a flexible hands-on science activities area with its own 3D printer, dark room for media studies and space for hosting robotic programs. To complement this facility, the school has also created specialised high-tech study areas, an outdoor area for testing science ideas and redeveloped its library.
Keller Road Primary is the second school to officially open its STEM upgrade using a $1 million STEM Works grant provided by the state government.
Shelby and Ella, year 6 students and STEM student ambassadors, believe that STEM education has a vital role in helping them achieve greater things in the future.
Ella said that having the STEM facility at their school was a big deal for them.
“All South Australians, regardless of where they live, should have access to the opportunities of the future.
It’s important for kids like us to have the same access to STEM learning so we can equally compete for jobs later on in life,” said Ella.
Shelby believes that the new STEM facility will help them prepare for future jobs saying “STEM Works will provide around 75,000 South Australian children with original and engaging learning efficiency to help open their eyes to what is a lively and dynamic area of study.”
At the opening students donned lab coats and made immediate use of the facilities with a hands on science lesson in making sludge.
One of the school’s newest students Mia said, “our Keller Road community feel fortunate to be one of these schools leading learning for our future. Having this opportunity for our school opens so many more doors. We couldn’t be any more grateful and excited to learn”.
Designed by Hardy Milazzo and built by Mykra Pty Ltd, the Keller Road Primary STEM facility is the first to open in the northern suburbs. The new facility is part of the state government’s STEM Works program, which is a $250 million investment to upgrade STEM facilities at 139 public schools across South Australia.