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Charter school announces red ribbon-cutting ceremony for new lab

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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:13 pm

iSchool High STEM Academy will be hosting a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at building located at 1800 Lakeway Drive for their new iFab Lab. iSchool High STEM Academy launched a “Donate to Innovate” campaign in May to raise funds to build a state-of-the-art Makerspace called the iFab Lab (Innovation Fabrication Laboratory). Makerspaces are part of a growing movement of hands-on, mentor-led learning environments to make and remake the physical and digital worlds. They foster experimentation, invention, creation, exploration, and STEM learning. The Maker movement aligns with the Educate to Innovate initiative, a nationwide effort to help reach the administration’s goal of moving American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math achievement over the next decade.

Through donations and partnerships, the school raised over $18,000 to purchase industry standard equipment, such as computers and 3D printers.

Campus Director Stephanie Scott credits the students’ hard work and the academic environment at iSchool High as factors for these success stories. “With the creation of the new iFab Lab, we will enhance the hands-on collaborative projects being offered throughout all of our courses. We are excited to see the academic growth in our students.”

Part of the Responsive Education Solutions family of schools, iSchool High STEM Academy is a tuition-free public charter school designed to provide diverse opportunities and challenges. Integrating project-based elements into the classroom as well as dedicating portions of each day to real-world learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics give students the best opportunity to grow and develop as young adults while preparing for college and career.

Responsive Education Solutions, Texas’ largest public charter school holder, operates more than 60 public school campuses located throughout the states of Texas and Arkansas, including Premier High Schools, Vista Academies, Founders Classical Academy, Quest Middle School, iSchool High, Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy, and Texas Virtual Academy. ResponsiveEd schools are high-quality, free, public charter schools.

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