Students get first look at new STEM centre

Port Pirie West Primary School have dived into a whole new world of learning, with their new Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) building finishing completion after 10 months of construction. 

The $1 million building, paid through a State Government grant has allowed the school to create different learning areas, including a new library, kitchen area, multi-purpose room, creative studio and lab. 

Principal of the school, Fiona Perry says the upgrade of the old facilities will provide a fabulous opportunity for their students to participate in new integrated learning. 

“These learning environments will help improve student’s creativity and problem solving skills. We have purchased basic robotics requiring coding, Lego and Lego robotics along with iPad Pros, computers and new furniture for the areas.”

“The buzz is incredible from the students, staff and community”, she said. 

It has been seven years since the school has seen an upgrade, with the last revamp a Building the Education Revolution grant which built a teaching learning area for the middle primary years. 

The students had their first look in the building earlier this week and were able to experience what will become a new learning era for the primary school years. 

Year six student, Shaniqua Strawbridge was enthusiastic about the new learning facility and the benefits it holds for her future learning. 

“I think it is a very good learning environment and it will also teach us a lot future skills for technology that we can use in the future”, she said. 

The perceptions and opinions on the building have so far been positive, with many people excited and impressed on the versatility of the outstanding build.