Naracoorte Primary officially opens its STEM Centre

The Naracoorte Primary School has officially opened its STEM Centre, a modern state-of-the-art building that involved the hard work of staff, school governing council and the Department of Education (DECD).

In the opening address by School Governing Chair Di Armfield, there was a focus on how critically important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is to school students.

Not only does it enhance a student's creativity and critical-thinking skills, but it's estimated that up to 75 per cent of jobs in the future will require employees to have some kind of STEM background.

In presentations by STEM Ambassadors Lucas Bald, Eliza Bull and Thomas Wachmer, there were explanations of what the students have been doing in STEM, including the Caves' Nature Playground Project and the Lego Robot Challenge.

The other students demonstrated other projects, such as using hydraulics, and working with the 'bee bots'.

David Adams, the principal of Naracoorte Primary, took pride in the school leading the way in STEM learning. Students as young as reception age were learning about biology through a simple question such as, 'What is a stick', to older students being able to construct catapults

Thanks to the school governing council, including past Chair Andrew Shepherd, Naracoorte Primary is the first primary school to have a stand-alone STEM Centre.

It was designed by Brown Falconer architect Jamie Moran, however many parents gave up their time for an incredible working bee to get the building base ready.

"Usually you only get one or two people at a working bee pushing a wheelbarrow," Mr Adams said.

"But the response was incredible, we had earth moving equipment out there and everything.

"I took photos and sent them to the DECD explaining to them, 'THIS is what a working bee looked like!'"

After Mr Adams' address the STEM Centre was officially opened by Member for MacKillop Nick McBride, and guests were invited to stay for afternoon tea, made by the canteen staff.

Throughout the event school captain Abbie Michael and others performed emcee duties, and Mr Adams announced that there will be a state school STEM showcase in Term Three.