As high school students joined with a community to build a STEM Center, they carried siding and flooring materials, and proudly added finishing touches to a project they started last fall.
Students from seven counties in the area around Clear Creek Amana Middle School joined with students from Kirkwood Community College and members of area businesses to build the state of the art STEM center, complete with a “green” plant covered roof.
The center will open on September 1, when school starts. Both the high school and college students will receive college credit through Kirkwood.
According to Kirkwood Associate Professor Joe Greathouse, donations from businesses accounted for over $300,000 of the funding for the $350,000 center. He is supervising students during construction, and says that they are gaining valuable hands on experience and skills for future careers. “That’s truly the most important part of it,” he said.