The Victorian Government has opened the state’s new Quantum Victoria physical sciences centre in Melbourne’s north.


State Education Minister Martin Dixon opened the new $16.2 million Charles La Trobe P-12 College, describing it as a huge boost for the future education of children in the areas of science and maths.


Quantum is a truly exciting centre, using computer games, virtual reality and robotics to show students what a career in maths and science can mean."


Students can participate in different scenarios designed to tackle an area of science, including: studying the physics at work in an iPad game of Angry Birds; taking part in an Amazing Race-style competition that touches on the key areas of the centre – science, technology, engineering and maths; or design a Formula 1 car and test it in a virtual wind tunnel.


Quantum is the sixth and final of the Victorian Government's specialised science education centres in Victoria, designed to engage students in science.


Students from all schools throughout Victoria are able to attend Quantum, and the centre will run an outreach program, enabling schools to run programs from anywhere in the state.