The province announced Thursday the opening of a new laboratory aimed at exposing students to hands-on science education.

The Youth BIOLab at the St. Boniface Hospital Health Research Centre lets students and teachers explore research.

"This new teaching lab will give students a chance to explore exciting opportunities in science and medicine that can lead to rewarding careers, right here at home,” said Premier Greg Selinger.

The lab measures 3,000 square feet in size and cost $900,000 to construct. The province kicked in $450,000 towards it and described it as a "state-of-the-art" facility.

The hospital research centre previously partnered with Louis Riel School Division on a biomedical outreach program to develop student interest in healthy living, health care, science, research and careers in those fields.

Other school divisions will also have access to the new lab, said the province.