$3m STEM facilities plan

Callum HunterSouth Western Times

A new multimillion-dollar science centre at Newton Moore Senior High School will provide students with access to state-of-the-art and tailor-made facilities, according to school executives.

The $3 million project is being carried out by local building company Devlyn Construction, and despite the scheduled completion date not being until April, teaching staff have already started sharpening their planning pencils.

“Before the building works have even started to take shape, we are already doing work behind the scenes to prepare for using the new facilities, by timetabling which classes and teachers will be in the centre in 2020,” principal Kylie Cattaway said.

“We have very strong science, mathematics and technologies programs at our school and the refurbished centre will feature learning spaces where students can use high-end equipment and technology to enhance their learning and creativity.”

Not only will students and staff have a new building to learn and work in, but also have access to state-of-the-art equipment including laser cutters, 3-D printers, plasma cutters, soldering equipment, STEM and robotic kits and computing equipment.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics teacher Stuart Henden said the most exciting aspect of the new centre was not the equipment, but the fact everything would be purpose-built for South West students.

“Students will be able to navigate the design process in their projects in the same shared space, and to generate ideas, plan and construct together seamlessly,” he said.

Bunbury MLA Don Punch said he was in full support of the project and the centre would be an invaluable education resource and create new opportunities for students.

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