High school STEM suite officially open | VIDEO, PHOTOS

The next generation of local scientists has been given a leg-up with the opening of a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics suite at Murray Bridge High School.

The upgrades, worth $2.5 million, include three laboratories, four classrooms, two large spaces for collaboration and making, a break-out room and several smaller spaces across the ground floor of the school's Barker and Hindmarsh buildings.

Principal Ruth Mussger said the facilities pointed towards a new way of educating teenagers, with less focus on memorising and recalling facts and more on skill development and creativity.

"Why would students take conventional schooling seriously?" she asked.

"We don't just want our kids to know stuff; we want them to be able to solve problems."

Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick officially opened the suite, which had been operational since the start of term one, on Tuesday.

He thanked the school community for its patience during the works.

Guests were given a demonstration of some of the activities being undertaken in the new rooms, and Mr Pederick had a chance to test-drive a robot built by students.

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