Part 6: Details about the STEAM Lab and Suite
This series will discuss the
details of the proposed Capital Improvement Project. Questions should be
(science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)-related careers
are in high demand and our students are looking for opportunities to be
competitive in this technological world. Oftentimes, the high school is
approached by employers looking to hire candidates with advanced
manufacturing skills. The business world needs problem solvers with the
ability to continually adapt to new technologies and ideas. Technology
has transformed the modern workplace, and it is important that our
facilities keep pace.
The proposed project would convert the high school’s industrial and
visual arts program into a new STEAM lab and suite that would be devoted
to applied arts and technology.
The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) lab
and suite will include space for hands-on learning in areas such as
advanced manufacturing, robotics, electronics, computer science, graphic
design, applied math, 2-D and 3-D art, and computer-aided design.
The proposed project includes expanding the existing wood shop by
approximately 137 square feet, relocating an office, and creating a
metal shop, maker space and media/fab lab from existing instructional
space. These learning areas will be equipped with new equipment such as
3D printers, CNC machines, laser engravers and vinyl cutters.
The proposed STEAM lab and suite upgrades will perform three major
functions. First, it will allow students to learn how to turn their
ideas into real products using new technologies that parallel those
being used in modern industries. These hands-on experiences will give
them an upper hand as they enter the workforce in a completive, global
economy. Secondly, science and math teachers will be able to demonstrate
the real application of their topics through experiments and projects
performed in the STEAM lab and suite. Lastly, the upgrades will provide
new, modern technology equipment that will replace some of the 40 year
old equipment that is becoming outdated as well as a safety concern.
Stay tuned for the next Nuts & Bolts that will talk about the
details of the proposed interior renovations and site improvements.