Loganlea State High School’s new state of the art STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Centre has been given a much needed funding boost through the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Programme.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said the school received a funding grant of $10,000 under Round 3 of the Stronger Communities Programme.
“The $10,000 Stronger Communities grant was matched dollar for dollar by the school,” Mr van Manen said.
“Thanks to the funding, one of the classrooms will be repurposed to create a modern and flexible STEM Centre which will include storage cabinets, collapsible tables, a data screen projector, multiple 3D printers and a large laser engraver.
“The facilities will be used by students in formal timetabled lessons across a range of curriculum areas, with lunchtime hobby groups also able to utilise the space and help foster an interest in STEM related careers.”
The Stronger Communities grant is part of the Coalition Government’s $45 million Stronger Communities Programme.
The programme has delivered $150,000 per year over the past two years to Forde (2015-2016) and was expanded to 2017-18 after the positive feedback from communities across the country.
“Projects awarded funding must deliver social benefits to the community and contribute to our community’s long term vibrancy and viability,” Mr van Manen said.
“Loganlea high Principal Belinda Tregea has done a great job planning this new STEM Centre.
“The project will deliver tremendous social benefits to the community, including the ENABLE consortium of local primary schools that will be able to access and use the centre on a regular basis to do STEM activities.”