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Applications for science laboratories in primary schools

23 August 2017
Expressions of interest have opened for primary schools to be selected to convert existing classrooms into science laboratories and to receive funds for resources and equipment. Every primary school with more than 100 students is eligible to apply.

Expressions of interest open in two stages with a total of 200 schools being selected. The first stage opens on Wednesday 23 August 2017 and closes at 4:00pm on 22 September 2017. The second stage opens mid-2019.

Each of the 200 schools selected will have a permanent classroom converted into a science laboratory and be allocated $25,000 to purchase equipment and resources to support their whole-school science programs.

Schools will be able to purchase laboratory equipment such as glassware, measurement devices, dissection tools, circuitry equipment, 3D models of the solar system and human anatomy, digital microscopes, 3D printers, virtual reality headsets, robotics kits and renewable energy kits that include solar panels and wind turbines. A full list of resources and equipment will be provided to successful schools.

To apply, download and complete the Expressions of interest form.

Frequently asked questions

What is this initiative?
School classrooms at 200 primary schools will be converted at a total cost of $12 million into science laboratories. An additional $5 million will be provided for the schools as a one off grant to purchase science resources.
 
How can primary schools apply?
Primary schools are invited to submit expressions of interest.
 
When do expressions of interest open?
Expressions of interest open in two stages. The first stage opens on Wednesday 23 August 2017. The second stage opens mid-2019.
 
When do expressions of interest close?  
The first stage closes at 4.00pm on Friday 22 September 2017.

How are primary schools selected?
Schools are selected based on their plans to grow and improve science education at their schools. Schools need to submit expressions of interest and:

  • meet the eligibility criteria
  • address the selection criteria.

Special consideration is given to schools with low ICSEA (Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage).
 
What are the eligibility criteria?
Primary schools are eligible to submit expressions of interest if they have:

  • more than 100 students enrolled from Kindergarten to Year 6
  • available permanent classroom suitable to convert into science laboratories.

What are the selection criteria?

Principals are asked to describe in 250 words:

  • key features of the school’s current science program
  • how a science laboratory (and resources) will enhance the school’s science program
  • how the school will measure the effectiveness of the new science laboratory (and resources).

How are principals notified of the outcome of expressions of interest?
Principals are advised in writing if successful or unsuccessful.
 
Can principals apply again if they are unsuccessful for 2018?
Yes. Principals may submit expressions of interest when the second stage opens in mid-2019.
 
Who needs to submit expressions of interest?
The expression of interest must be signed and submitted by principals.
 
What do successful schools receive?
Each successful school has an existing classroom converted with:

  • a five tap trough with hot and cold water
  • mobile, height adjustable benches with chemical resistant surfaces and matching seating
  • vinyl flooring
  • appropriate fittings for storage and display, including pin up displays
  • additional power and data points
  • audiovisual points for interactive whiteboards or other devices
  • eyewash facilities
  • fridge
  • microwave oven
  • first aid station.

If the conversion comes under budget at a school, the school is given the opportunity to request additional items that meet their specific school requirements, for example, outdoor shelving for growing plants, additional lighting and pigeon holes.

Schools also receive a one off grant of $25 000 to buy science resources that suit their students and school requirements. The grant is provided at the beginning of 2018 (stage one) and 2020 (stage two).

What resources can be purchased with the $25 000 grant?

Schools receive a pick and buy resource list that includes a range of resources. The resource list will be on the intranet once schools have been advised of the outcome of their expressions of interest.

Are there restrictions or guidelines on the way the grant can be spent?

Yes. Schools are expected to purchase resources to support delivery of the curriculum and stimulate student interest in science. Expenditure limits are set on items such as tablets.

How are expressions of interest submitted?

Email expressions of interest to sciencelabs@education.wa.edu.au

Who can provide more information?

Paul Read

T: 9264 5525

E: Paul.Read@education.wa.edu.au

Applications for science laboratories in primary schools
http://www.det.wa.edu.au/curriculumsupport/detcms/school-support-programs/curriculum-support/news-items/applications-for-science-laboratories-in-primary-schools.en

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