New STEM buildings officially opened at KICE campuses | PHOTOS

The new STEM building at the Kingscote KICE campus and the refurbished STEM building at the Penneshaw campus were officially opened this week.

STEM is an approach to learning and development that integrates the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Kingscote campus has a brand new STEM building in the centre campus that houses classrooms, a large central area and library. Penneshaw campus meanwhile refurbished its STEM building as part of the upgrade.

"It's super important to be at an STEM opening as we all know probably 75 per cent or at least 80 per cent of careers in the future will be related to STEM," said Rick Persse, chief executive of the SA Department for Education.

Mr Persse and other members of the department's senior executive group helped opened the impressive, brand new, locally built STEM building at the KICE Kingscote campus on Thursday, May 16.

The delegation then visited the refurbished STEM building at the Penneshaw campus and on Friday the STEM facilities at the Parndana campus, including its barramundi aquaculture centre.

Mr Persse attended on behalf of Minister for Education John Gardner, who was in Parliament. Also attending were KI Mayor Michael Pengilly and KICE Governing Council chairperson Lois Wilson.

Representatives from the Berden and Kauppila building companies were also present.

Senior student Yeshe Alecto-Shaw did the Welcome to Country in the Ramindjeri language.

After speeches were made by principal Maxine McSherry and Mr Persse, head of Kingscote campus Peter Philp selected students Kade Harris and Amelia Florance to cut the ribbon.

Some of the school students that chatted with members of the department's senior executive group about their studies.

Among them was Year 9 student Ryan Turner, who had a list of recent accomplishments including being a recent STEM Ambassador and attending a Youth Environment Council camp.

"The building is going to affect how we learn, we have a lot more resources now," Ryan said. "Previously we only had the science labs but now we have more space and more students can get involved."

He was not sure 100 per cent sure what he wants to do in life. "Something with science, I like the ocean so maybe marine biology."

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