New science lab excites young minds
Premier Mark McGowan was back in the classroom with Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke to officially open an impressive new-look science lab at Harvey Primary School last Friday.
The $25,000 project includes new equipment and resources, with a big touchscreen TV the big-ticket item in the lab.
A standing teacher’s desk and iPads are also among the upgrades, with plans to add Bunsen burners, microscopes, science beakers and Petri dishes.
Mr McGowan said the upgrades would encourage students to develop an early interest in science.
“This is crucial as the skills and concepts children learn in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are vital for their future job prospects,” Mr McGowan said.
Principal Jason Romeo said it was the second time the Premier had visited the school and the students loved having high-profile guests who were interested in what they were doing.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to showcase what we’re doing in our school,” she said. “Being in a regional area, getting guests like the Premier shows us that he’s aware of the things happening in regional areas.
“They’re overawed in a way but they are just absolutely thrilled someone that they see on TV has taken an interest in the school.”
Harvey Primary School was one of 200 education facilities to receive funding under the State Government’s $17 million Science in Schools program.
A regular visitor to the school, Ms Clarke said she was proud to be helping prepare students for the jobs of the future.
“The new science lab provides students with a vibrant learning environment and is a great addition to the already strong science partnership between Harvey Primary and Harvey Senior High schools,” Ms Clarke said.
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