Pupils at Bacchus Marsh Primary School are getting a hands-on learning experience, with a new high-tech space in full swing.

The school recently opened its ‘Makerspace’, which gives staff and pupils the opportunity to experiment with new 3D printers and scanners, robots and drone equipment.

The Makerspace, which received $84,000 funding through the government’s Pick My Project initiative, encourages collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving in a fun environment.

The new learning space will be open to students at other local schools, and will be available for community and business workshops and projects.

Local MP Steve McGhie, who was on hand for the opening, said the space would be a valuable addition to the school’s programs, preparing students for the future.

“The new Makerspace will help prepare students for the jobs of the future and also foster stronger ties between local schools, business and the community,” Mr McGhie said.

Pick My Project was a $30 million state government initiative in which Victorians voted for the projects that meant the most to them.

The Bacchus Marsh Makerspace project was one of 14 successful projects within the Central Highlands region to share in almost $2 million in funding, receiving 216 votes.

Other successful projects in the area include the Moorabool Youth Action Group’s YOUth Mental Health Matters campaign, improvements to the Bacchus Marsh facility and the installation of playground equipment and seating at Masons Lane Reserve.