Discovery Centre to Open New Exhibit Thanks to Federal Funding

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters is proud to announce that Discovery Science and Technology Centre will receive a $9,090 grant the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program.

The money will support the research, design and manufacturing of four new exhibits to increase the quality of its mathematics education.

“In early learning, maths is one of the strongest educational indicators of learning ability and social interaction.” Chesters said.

“These exhibits, based at Discovery, will become part of our ongoing commitment to build science capacity in both children and their families.”

This announcement is part of Chesters ongoing support of the Discovery Centre and follows a grant in 2016 for the successful ‘Minibeasts’ exhibition.

The Stronger Communities Programme funds small capital projects in local communities in which will deliver social benefits.

Discovery is one of 12 Central Victorian organisations who have received a total of $150,000 through the program.

Chesters said the project was an extremely worthy recipient of a Stronger Communities grant.

“I commend the hard work of the Discovery Science and Technology Centre on their excellent and innovative application.”

Two Discovery Board members have been researching best practice in creating maths games and challenges and are inspired to increase the accessibility, fun and learning in maths at Discovery.

Discovery Science Communicator, Alissa Van Soest said some visitors may be surprised at how useful maths skills are in everyday life.

“We don’t realise how much we use maths. The hands-on fun exhibits will engage our visitors and they won’t realise until they’ve started playing that they are actually using mathematical principals”.