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21ST CENTURY SCIENCE CENTRE

Posted August 22, 2013.

21ST CENTURY SCIENCE CENTRE

After nearly three years of investigation, consultation, planning, briefing of architects, applying for building permits, and seeking VCAT approval, the biggest building project in the modern history of Clarendon – a new Science Centre has commenced

The centre is being built on the corner of Ajax and Murray Streets, and the design process has seen a Clarendon team visit educational institutions in Australia, Britain and the United States to ascertain the most contemporary designs possible. This building is an opportunity to provide our students with 21st-Century facilities within which they will have their imaginations fired and engage with science in a way that inspires awe and wonder in the way the world works.

The design incorporates five separate laboratory areas that are complemented by seven teaching spaces. There is also a 90-seat demonstration space that will provide opportunities for lectures to larger groups of students. To complete the facility, a vertical laboratory (which the school is designing in partnership with Dr Roger Rassool from the Physics Department of the University of Melbourne) will be available in which all disciplines can conduct experiments, with the entrance of the centre featuring a Foucault Pendulum.

Thispendulum,named after the French physicist Léon Foucault, is a simple device conceived as an experiment to demonstrate the rotation of the Earth. While it had long been known that the Earthrotated, the introduction of the Foucault Pendulum in 1851 was the first simple proof of the rotation in an easy-to-see experiment.

The following plans give an idea of what this wonderful facility will look like when it is completed late in 2014.

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The community will be able to maintain a watch on the progress of the building as time-lapse cameras, accessible through our website, have been mounted on adjacent buildings