At F. C. Reed Middle School in Bridgman, Michigan, the year began with a new STEM lab for students at the opening of school. The $330,000 lab is a focal point for students as well as staff, parents, and the community.
The aim of the STEM lab activities is to develop 21st century skills for the contemporary workforce demands. The students will utilize project based learning in a curriculum known as SmartLab Integrated Learning System. Another benefit is that they will work in collaboration with each other.
The lab includes workstations designed for collaboration, a 3D printer, state of the art computers, many learning kits, and a video production studio. Students will rotate STEM, art and physical education electives, in ten day segments. During the ten day STEM rotation, they will select and research projects, solve problems, and present their findings and finished products.
The lab is almost 2,500 square feet and includes open center space for the learner stations. The stations are grouped into five islands assigned to study areas of Science Probeware Exploration, Alternative Energy Studies, Pneumatic Circuitry, Electric Circuitry and Stop Motion Animation.