Discovery benefits from state funding

SCIENCE LESSON: Jacinta Allan, Maree Edwards and Jonathan Ridnell study some robitics along with students from the Golden Square Preschool. Picture: SUPPLIED

SCIENCE LESSON: Jacinta Allan, Maree Edwards and Jonathan Ridnell study some robitics along with students from the Golden Square Preschool. Picture: SUPPLIED

Bendigo’s Discovery Science and Technology Centre has received a $55,000 grant to upgrade its auditorium.

The state government will upgrade the auditorium’s lighting, soundproof the room and install new carpet.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards and Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan made the announcement on Friday.

Discovery general manager Jonathan Ridnell said the funding came from the centre’s ability to demonstrate the impact their educational programs have made.

“We have been working hard to prove ourselves to the Department of Education and the state goverment,” he said.

“This year has been one of evaluation and the feedback we have had has been really positive. With that evidence it is easier to tap the government or philanthropic groups on the shoulder and say we need your support.

“This is the first time in a long time we have had a state government grant and we’re hopeful the relationship can continue to build.”

Discovery is also planning to expand its educational programs in the future.

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