Local school unveils advanced STEM lab to community

By Beau Ebenezer

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Washington Gifted Middle School unveiled its new STEM Action Lab to the community on Tuesday night.

The lab includes 14 different interactive modules, such as forensic science, structural engineering and architecture.

Washington Gifted is the 5th school in District 150 to receive the hands-on lab.

School officials said the lab alone costs about $50,000, but the high-priced technology is worth the outcome.

"As we move more into the testing and the common core objectives, it is enabling us to look at day to day student activity," said Washington Gifted Principal David Poehls. "It also makes students realize that what they are doing really means something. Then, as we expand into their high school years, they can can take the lessons they have learned. It is just one more enhancement."

"My favorite activities to do in my module are the hands-on ones, because we learn more," said 8th grader Olivia Maloney. "I think you learn more when you do things hands-on instead of reading from a textbook."

Students will have one period each day to work on the various modules.

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