A Lotterywest grant of $250,000 will help Scitech engage and educate Western Australia's youngest budding scientists.
Science Minister Dave Kelly visited Scitech today to announce the grant, which will contribute to the refurbishment of the early childhood zone.
Discoverland is designed and built exclusively for infants to five year olds, and is a key strategy to help parents and children develop positive attitudes towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects from an early age.
Scitech plans to upgrade and modernise the area, as well as building a new 'iconic' early childhood exhibit.
The grant will also go towards creating a new catalogue of take-home and support material for parents and carers to support their child's ongoing learning.
Lotterywest's contribution makes up more than half the budget of the $402,000 refurbishment, which is part of the broader 'Revitalising Scitech' project.
Comments attributed to Science Minister Dave Kelly:
"The State Government is proud to support Scitech and its work in educating the next generation of Western Australian researchers and innovators.
"Today's children are the STEM professionals of tomorrow, and Scitech plays a central role in connecting children and families to science from a young age
"This grant will assist Scitech in its work to inspire the very youngest of visitors, introducing them to vital STEM building blocks such as counting and scale through play and fun.
"In Australia, 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills. Engaging young people in science is a key priority of the McGowan Government as we look towards creating future job opportunities and diversifying our economy through the science industry."
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