Cash catalyst for science

• Simon Millman, Sutherland Dianella Primary School students Giselle and Kenzie, and education minister Sue Ellery getting hands on with some non-Newtonian fluids in their newly converted science lab. Yokine PS has one on the way. Image supplied.

YOKINE primary school will get $25,000 to convert one of their classrooms into a science lab.

The lab is part of the McGowan government’s $17 million program to improve science facilities at 200 schools across WA.

Yokine primary school will put the cash towards lab and science equipment like renewable energy kits, digital microscopes, 3D printers, virtual reality headsets and robotics kits.

Another Voiceland school, Sutherland Dianella primary, already had its science lab upgraded during the first round of funding.


Mt Lawley MP Simon Millman says this program will prepare kids for the jobs of the future.

“Sutherland Dianella Primary School has a strong STEM [Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths] focus which is integrated across all learning areas, and the newly converted laboratory means a greater learning experience for students,” he says.

“I’m thrilled Yokine Primary School has been successful in the next round and will have a classroom converted to a science lab by 2021 – WA’s next generation will be inspired and supported right here in our community.”

WA education minister Sue Ellery said “we know how important it is for today’s students to understand the concepts taught in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for their future job prospects.

“These dedicated laboratories and resources enable schools to give students a feel for the interesting world of science from a young age.”

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