Southwell Primary School to receive big boost in science resources

Southwell Primary School to receive big boost in science resources

Southwell Primary will receive a funding grant of $10,000 from the McGowan Government to purchase new science equipment for their classrooms.

The school is among the more than 60 small public primary schools which will receive funding from the McGowan Government to equip their schools with much-needed science resources.

The selected schools, each with less than 100 students, will receive a science resources grant to purchase equipment for their classrooms such as telescopes, salinity testing kits, raised garden beds, lego kits, solar/photovoltaic cell kits and petri dishes.

Having science resources in their classrooms will help students develop STEM skills like teamwork, problem solving, creativity, independent thinking, critical analysis, initiative and communication.

Igniting an interest in science in primary school students will encourage them to continue that study in secondary school, ensuring they are job-ready when they start to enter the workforce in the late 2020s or early 2030s.

The science resources grants complement other McGowan Government commitments in STEM, including $17 million for science laboratories in up to 200 public primary schools, making coding part of the school curriculum and the first ever State STEM skills strategy.

Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, commented, “these grants will help Southwell Primary to grow its science program with the help of modern classroom equipment.”

The McGowan Government wants to ignite an interest in science in WA students from a young age and I’m sure this grant will help the students of Southwell Primary get excited about science.”