Date 1/09/2017

 McGowan Government delivers science in schools election commitment

  • Public Schools throughout Swan Hills will be able to participate in WA Labor’s Science in Schools programme.
  • 100 public primary schools across the State will be selected this year to convert classrooms into science laboratories over 2018 and 2019, with an additional 100 public primary school classrooms identified in 2019 to be converted over 2020 and 2021
  • Selection will focus on future plans for growing and improving science education for jobs of the future
  • McGowan Government delivering key election commitment to focus on science in schools


Schools across Swan Hills will benefit from the McGowan Government’s focus on science in primary schools. As our economy changes at an astonishing pace, young students will be prepared for future jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).


A student in school today will possibly live into the 22nd century. Those starting school this year will begin to enter the workforce in the late 2020s or early 2030s.


Some students will become STEM practitioners, but many more will use their generic STEM skills - teamwork, problem solving, creativity, independent thinking, critical analysis, initiative and communication - to excel.


As promised, the McGowan Government will provide $12 million to convert 200 existing primary classrooms in public schools into science laboratories with an additional $5 million for grants to resource these converted facilities.


Expressions of interest have opened for the first 100 schools to be selected across the 2018 and 2019 school years. Every primary school with more than 100 students is eligible to apply. Up to 50 places will be reserved for schools in low socio-economic areas.


Each of the 200 schools selected will be allocated $25,000 to purchase equipment and resources for their students.


Comments attributed to Jessica Shaw, Member for Swan Hills


“I am really excited about the opportunities the Science in Schools policy offers kids here in Swan Hills.”

“We need to spark that interest in Science as early as possible. Kids naturally find the world absolutely fascinating – we should harness that fascination and help our kids develop a lifelong passion for learning.”  


“Having worked in the energy sector, I also really understand how important it is that we equip our kids for the jobs of the future”


“75 per cent of jobs in the fastest growing industries will require STEM skills and 90 per cent of jobs will need people with digital skills in the next two to five years.”


“Schools will be able to purchase vital laboratory equipment such as glassware, measurement devices, dissection tools, circuitry equipment, 3D models of the solar system and human anatomy, digital microscopes, 3D printers, virtual reality headsets, robotics kits, and renewable energy kits that include solar panels and wind turbines.”


Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


“Students with the knowledge and skills to understand STEM will lead the way in this rapidly evolving environment.


“Today’s announcement will help ignite children’s interest in science at a young age and create more opportunities in these important industries.


“Additional resources in the laboratories will ensure our primary school students are well equipped and excited to continue their studies in secondary school.”


Media contact:

Premier’s office: Jamie Macdonald 0457 535 224 or 6552 5200

Education and Training Minister’s office: Emmeline Drake-Brockman 0428 925 699 or 6552 5700

Swan Hills electorate: Rhys James 9296 7688