New STEM centre for Bordertown High School

Bordertown High School Principal Mick O'Connell looks over the plans of the new STEM centre outside of the old building which will be redeveloped.
Bordertown High School Principal Mick O'Connell looks over the plans of the new STEM centre outside of the old building which will be redeveloped.

Builders are on site at Bordertown High School in preparation for the beginning of work on the brand new $2.5 million STEM centre thanks to funding from the state government.

STEM Works is a $250 million investment by the state government to provide 139 schools within the state with modern STEM facilities to enrich teaching and learning.

Building company Kennett Pty Ltd arrived on site today to begin fencing off the building before demolition can take place later this month.

BHS principal Mick O’Connell is excited that students will be given state of the art facilities to enhance their learning.

“It will be great for the students to get a more hands on aspect to their learning, this new facility will enable them to learn in different ways rather than just the conventional way of learning,” he said.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program departs from conventional classroom settings in favour of integrated learning areas.

The new centrally located STEM facility will promote greater teaching and inquiry based learning possibilities by featuring maker, collaboration, science, wet and dry spaces, IT rich areas, presentation spaces as well as external STEM maker and collaboration spaces.

The new undercover outdoor areas enable outdoor collaboration and STEM making areas as well as providing a vital link to the refurbished STEM science areas.

The current school resource centre which was home to a variety of different elements including the school library has been completely gutted out and will be re-developed into the STEM centre.

“This project will not only be great for the school but also for the Tatiara as local contractors will be utilised throughout the building process.

“We are really excited to see what the future holds for the school and this new building will definitely help increase learning to all students enrolled,” Mr O’Connell said.

Work on the building is expected to be completed by May 2018.