Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke joined Education Minister Sarah Mitchell today to open the new science labs at Cootamundra High School.

The $630,000 labs will provide state-of-the-art facilities for students and teachers and help create a new generation of scientists.

“It’s been a wonderful day to be able to host Minister for Education and Early Childhood Sarah Mitchell and show her how the NSW Government is making such a difference to the Cootamundra community,” Ms Cooke said.

“What we see here today is the delivery of a commitment which I made when I was first elected in October 2017, and I caught a preview of what was ahead when I visited the school last December.

“Now I am seeing the final result, I’m absolutely blown away by what a fantastic learning environment this is.

“I’m excited for the students and staff here, knowing that the school has the facilities to help encourage not only the next generation of scientists, but also critical thinkers, analytical minds and collaborative individuals.”

Minister for Education and Early Childhood Sarah Mitchell said the design of the labs reflected the expectations of the current NSW curriculum.

“The new labs at Cootamundra High School are an impressive facility which will certainly provide the appropriate environment for the study of STEM,” Ms Mitchell said.

“This approach integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics develops skills in problem solving, critical reflection, analysis and communication.

“These important skills will develop beautifully in these labs, which are designed to enable teachers and students to bring out the very best of themselves.

“I’d like to thank Ms Cooke for inviting me here today to show me these great new labs at this truly impressive school.”