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Building up STEAM: Investing in Our Future with New Facilities for Rural Students

Children are the future of the Territory and investing in their education is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do for all Territorians.

Today, Minister for Education, Eva Lawler, officially opened a new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) building at Taminmin High School.

“Young Territorians need to be prepared for the jobs of the future and this new $12.7 million centre means students in the rural area have access to a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility that will support the teaching and learning of 21st century skills,” Ms Lawler said.

“The Territory Labor Government will always invest in education because we care about the Territory’s future and we know that quality infrastructure is important to meeting the needs of students now and into the future.”

The centre, which includes six classrooms and six science laboratories, means the college is prepared for future growth too – it now has the capacity to cater for 1500 students, up from 970.

The building involved many Territory businesses, with Probuild NT and their subcontractors employing nearly 350 staff, including 46 Aboriginal employees, over the life of the contract. Several other local companies were involved, including five in the rural area.

“This build provided fantastic local employment opportunities and Probuild NT also took on a number of construction students from Taminmin College in conjunction with their VET program, to give them hands-on experience,” Ms Lawler said. “They have since employed five of them.”

Taminmin College Principal Miriam McDonald said the new facility is contemporary, environmentally friendly and sustainable.

“It is light, bright and spacious, with flexible learning spaces that can be adapted to class sizes, specific subjects and different learning activities,” she said.

“I am delighted Taminmin students now have access to such an incredible facility that will help prepare them for future careers in STEAM.”

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