Australian Christian College, Marsden Park (ACC) already has a technology focus and with an Education Infrastructure Fund (EIF) grant of $5 million to build a new three-storey technology facility on its K-12 will bring great tech education opportunities to Greater Western Sydney.
The building will be equipped with cutting edge technology facilities including video editing rooms with green screens, podcasting rooms, prototyping rooms, robotics labs, virtual reality capability and animation studios.
An independent survey of greater Western Sydney-based parents of school-age children by social research firm, McCrindle Research, led the school’s grant application.
It found three in four (76 per cent) parents believe it is extremely/very important for a school like the proposed technology facility in Western Sydney to be available to children in their local area.
The 2020 McCrindle Research found four in five (80 per cent) of parents from Great Western Sydney strongly/somewhat agree students with strong technology skills are better prepared for the future.
Three in four (76 per cent) parents believe it is extremely/very important for a school like the proposed technology school in Western Sydney to be available to children in their local area.
The majority of parents believe it is extremely/very important for their children to engage with emerging technologies like coding, video production, robotics, drones and virtual reality.
The research was gathered through an online survey of 503 parents of school-aged children in Greater Western Sydney. The survey was in field from the 22nd to the 28th of November 2019.
“The findings confirmed for us that what we’re proposing is exactly what parents in greater Western Sydney want: high-tech STEM education facilities that truly prepare their children for a digital future,” said ACC Marsden Park Principal Brendan Corr.