The McGowan Government has committed $87.6 million to improve and build new STEM laboratories in 67 public secondary schools over the next three years. This is in addition to the delivery of modern STEM labs as part of a number of larger school infrastructure projects.
The first round of STEM upgrades will benefit a total of 32 schools, 19 of which now have architectural firms confirmed to develop their design. Eight of the schools with architects now appointed to their project are in regional WA.
Secondary schools with architects appointed to design STEM upgrades include:
- Applecross Senior High School – DWA Architects;
- Armadale Senior High School – Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects;
- Baldivis Secondary College – Ferguson Architects;
- Bridgetown High School – H+H Architects;
- Busselton Senior High School – H+H Architects;
- Carnarvon Community College – Ferguson Architects;
- Central Midlands Senior High School – T&Z Architects;
- Clarkson Community High School – Hart Architects;
- Esperance Senior High School – H+H Architects;
- John Tonkin College – Hart Architects;
- Kalamunda Senior High School – TAG Architects;
- Manjimup Senior High School – H+H Architects;
- Melville Senior High School – Cox Architects;
- Mindarie Senior College – Hodge Collard Preston Architects;
- Northam Senior High School – Hart Architects;
- Roleystone Community College – With Architectural Studio;
- Sevenoaks Senior College – Ferguson Architects;
- Thornlie Senior High School – DWA Architects; and
- Woodvale Secondary College – Whitehaus Architects.
The new and improved facilities will provide first-class teaching and learning opportunities for staff and students.
A further $9.1 million is committed to upgrading science laboratories in 21 regional schools with secondary students.
As stated by Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:
“I’m pleased to announce that new and upgraded STEM facilities are progressing at 19 WA secondary schools, with architects secured to lead their design development stage.
“The McGowan Government is committed to boosting science in secondary schools across the State and preparing students for future study or careers in STEM.
“We want students to learn in the most inspiring school environments, and have opportunities to succeed in what is a growing field.
“These upgrades will provide the best contemporary learning and teaching environments, and I look forward to seeing the final designs.”