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Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum will announce Tuesday that more than 40 science laboratories in high schools and universities across Manitoba will be upgraded to support cutting edge research and skills training, including a newly renovated lab at Fort Richmond Collegiate, as part of phase three of the province’s science action plan.
"We’re investing in high school and university science labs to make sure the scientists of tomorrow learn the techniques they need to get good jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields," Allum said in a news release.
"These targeted investments will help high school students get excited about science so they can bring their skills into university and the workplace."
Like all the funding announcements the NDP have made since Jan. 4, the money is dependent on a budget in late May by whichever party wins the April 19 election.
In 2011, the province launched the Action Plan for Science Education that included funding for science classroom renewal, teacher training and new strategic partnerships to promote the province’s science programming.
The announcement invests $20 million in new and renovated high school labs, as well as $5 million to ensure that students pursuing science and technology programs at university train on industry-standard equipment and in world class facilities.
"One of the hallmarks of a strong science program is the ability to nurture students’ curiosity, and modern labs with current equipment provide an excellent environment to foster interest and instill a love for learning. This leads to engagement, skill development, higher thinking order and greater student success and graduation," said Ted Fransen, superintendent, Pembina Trails School Division.
"These new labs will play an important role in achieving those goals and we’re very pleased to be receiving this support from the Manitoba government."
Under the Action Plan for Science Education, the province has invested $25 million to upgrade 66 biology, chemistry and physics labs in high schools throughout the province, Allum said.
With Tuesday’s announcement, more than $45 million will have been committed to upgrade over 110 science labs in Manitoba high schools, along with the new supports for university science labs.
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Updated on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:45 AM CST: Grammar tweaked.