LEARNING HUB: Jacob Robins, Alyssa Tisdell, Boyd Girdler and Lori Adams in front of the brand new STEM building.
LEARNING HUB: Jacob Robins, Alyssa Tisdell, Boyd Girdler and Lori Adams in front of the brand new STEM building.

Building restored, renewed and ready to be used

ALL he wants to do when he grows up is to be a mechanic and now Chinchilla State School student and school captain Boyd Girdler will be learning the skills he needs to be able to do just that, thanks to the opening of a brand new facility.

Once a school tuckshop but used as a storage facility for the past eight years, the space has now been transformed into an exciting new science, Technology, Engineering and maths (STEM) Hub for future fun learning and was officially opened on November 28.

The unveiling of the new STEM building.
The unveiling of the new STEM building.

With technology changing rapidly the way we do things, the new building is helping better prepare students for future jobs.

“I want to mechanic when I grow up, so to able experiment with these drones and robots, learn what the problem is with them and to be able fix it are definitely skills that I will use in the future,” Boyd said.

“With the introduction of electronics in jobs such a self serve check outs, this room will help prepare us as we step into a world after school full of technology and science.”

The $79,000 project was made possible by fundraising from the school P & C and sponsorship from Shell’s QGC business and CS Energy and fellow school captain Lori Adam says it helps the student enter a new era.

Equipped with drones, lego robotics, coding and makerspace projects, it is a space that encourages creativity and problem-solving.

“My favourite part about the new room is the 3D printer and how it works,” Lori said.

“It’s so awesome that if you wanted to make something, now you can and it will print for you.”

“Sometimes when you print something it is even able to move.”

The STEM Hub will be used by all classes in the school in specialist STEM lessons.

It will also be open during second break at lunchtime for any students involved in STEM club, providing them the opportunity to expand on what they have already learnt in the STEM lesson.

The school captain making great use of the new facilities.
The school captain making great use of the new facilities.

“I really like going to STEM club because during the lessons during the week there are a lot of students around and you have to do what the teacher tells you,” Boyd said.

“Whereas in STEM club you get to use what you want such as building Lego robots.”

Both school captains and the school are extremely grateful for the new facility because they are aware it’s not something every regional school has in Queensland.

“We would also encourage any other school who doesn’t have a STEM program to get one because it is a whole lot of fun,” Lori said.