SAND SPRINGS, OK (KJRH) — Students in Sand Springs are looking forward to the beginning of the 2020 school year, as a brand-new wing and STEM lab will be ready for them at Charles Page High School.
In Charles Page science classrooms right now, the tables are octagonal, one-size-fits-all lab tables. But in the new building, the rooms will be specifically designed for different areas of STEM. It's all part of an approved $15 million wing that was in Sand Springs' school bond issues.
"Really it's going to touch every kid in sand springs," said Sand Springs Superintendent Sherry Durkee.
Sand Springs already matches younger students with high school science students to show them the fun that awaits in upper school STEM courses. Teachers say the new lab will hold new opportunities for when the kids reach that stage.
"This new center we're getting is going to be a playground for innovators," said Angus Valley Elementary technology teacher Stephanie Forister.
Charles Page science teacher Madison Morris says the labs will give both teachers and students access to more resources, and transform the setting where students learn in class.
"I hope that what's going to happen is a lot more of this in the future," said Charles Page High School Principal Stan Trout. "With lots of collaborative space - with tables rather than stationary desks - with technology built into the furniture."
Groundbreaking will be in May 2019, with the entire project scheduled to take 15 months.
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