The Parramatta section of the Powerhouse Museum will receive a total of $ 30 million in donations to help children in Western Sydney and the NSW area learn about science and technology.
The Walker Family Foundation has pledged $ 20 million and Western Sydney University will provide the remaining $ 10 million, NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin said on Friday.
Mr. Harwin says that, combined, these “simply extraordinary” gifts constitute one of the most significant gifts ever made to an arts and cultural institution in Australia.
The Lang Walker Family Academy, funded by the $ 20 million donation, will provide museum nights and other STEM education experiences to more than 10,000 high school students in Western Sydney and regions each year.
There will be four educational spaces and state-of-the-art dormitories for students and teachers to stay overnight.
The academy, named after a billionaire developer, will begin next year with the planning of in-school STEM education programs for schools in the Blacktown, Campbelltown, Liverpool, Bankstown, Penrith and Parramatta areas. .
As an academic partner of the Museum Foundation, Western Sydney University will integrate researchers and fund a researcher-in-residence.
It will also be a supporting partner for the Lang Walker Family Academy.
Geoff Lee, MP for Parramatta and Minister of Skills and Higher Education, said Powerhouse Parramatta would be “much more than a museum”.
“The STEM programs and opportunities offered by the Lang Walker Family Academy will prepare our children for the future and develop and inspire the scientists, engineers and innovative thinkers that the future needs – right here in West Sydney,” Dr Lee said in a statement.
Parramatta’s new site is slated to open in 2023 with a focus on science and technology.
Associated Australian Press