Glenbrook South debuts new STEM workspaces

Students will get to use new classrooms in Glenbrook South’s Applied Technology wing when they return to school next week. Below is a press release with details on the schools new workspaces:

Void of traditional desks or chalkboards, the new classrooms in Glenbrook South’s Applied Technology wing have all the trappings and trimmings to excite the minds of forward thinking, science, technology, engineering and math-inclined Titans.

Created from overhauled computer labs, the collaborative workspaces and shared fabrication lab are built to foster conversation, creation, and prototyping for GBS’ growing Project Lead The Way program.

“When they walk into the rooms, it won’t feel like they’re in a classroom,” said Dawn Hall, Instructional Supervisor for Applied Technology. “They’ll have the ability to design and create in a space that supports their work.”

After construction is completed in early September, the rooms will be filled with large worktables, 3D printers, table saws and mills and corresponding software. A donation from a local resident will give students the opportunity to bring their work to life with a CNC manufacturing router. 

Hall said the rooms are constructed to function as true “maker’s space” for the nearly 250 students involved in Project Lead The Way.

This fall, PLTW, a national program initiated by GBS in 2013, grew to encompass additional introductory engineering courses, digital design courses and a senior capstone course that asks students to identify real world problems and set up solutions.

“The classroom spaces are a culmination of lot of people’s thoughts and support and we’re vey excited by the interest in PLTW curriculum,” Hall said. “GBS students can do great work here.”

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