Northern Territory Minister for Education Selena Uibo
Territory Students All Set To Build Up STEAM At Darwin High School
Victor P Taffa
Northern Territory students now have access to some of the most cutting-edge science and technology facilities in Australia at the new $15.9 Million STEAM Centre at Darwin High School.
Minister for Education Selena Uibo officially opened the new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) building today.
“Territory Government promised to invest in STEM in the Territory to ensure our students are equipped with the skills they need to live, work and prosper in the 21st Century. We are delivering.” Minister for Education Selena Uibo said.
“Since coming to government, we have opened to $12.7 Million STEAM Centre at Taminmin College, which has enabled the teaching of national award-winning programs, and we have released our 5-year STEM in the Northern Territory strategy to support students across the Territory to build stronger STEM skills.”
It was built by local company Sunbuild, who employed 300 workers during construction.
STEAM Centre will be available to students from Darwin High School, as well as students studying through the Northern Territory School of Distance Education.
“We’re preparing our Territory kids for the jobs of the future with 75 % of today’s professions being in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields.” Chief Minister and Member for Fannie Bay Michael Gunner said.
State-of-the-art facility is the second to be opened during the Northern Territory Government’s term in government, after last year’s opening of the $12.7 Million STEAM Centre at Taminmin College.
Up to 75 % of the world’s fastest growing professions are in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and the Territory Government is investing to ensure Northern Territory students are well equipped for jobs in these fields.
“Our new STEAM centre is light, bright, spacious and a fantastic use of space.” Darwin High School Principal Jill Hazeldine said.
“Flexible learning spaces can be adapted to class sizes, specific subjects and different learning activities.”
New STEAM Centre includes:
- 15 inter-connected teaching spaces over two levels,
- Capacity for up to 400 students at a time,
- Cutting-edge FAB-lab,
- Presentation and project spaces,
- Teacher preparation areas on each level.