STEM Center Coming Soon
By Lauren Lubin and Dharma Bartram
A brand new center for science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) is coming to Novato High School within the next few years. New buildings will be constructed to better equip NHS for the 21st century, modernizing classrooms and tailoring them to the needs of each department.
The center would be available to all Novato High students and is intended to bring new opportunities to campus. Principal Matt Baldwin commented on his goal for the STEM center’s accessibility.
“The hope is that everyone is going to take at least Biology and Chemistry in there, and if they’re going to take Physics it can be in there. I think, depending on how much we grow, we’re going to have to keep a couple of our existing science classrooms if we run out of space because they’re talking about ten classrooms in the new STEM center, but we have ten classrooms now,” said Baldwin. “Everyone should be in that building at least once if not twice, or even all four years in there.”
Both the administration and the science department have discussed what they would like these classrooms to feature and accommodate. AP Biology and Physiology teacher Jon Dick described his hopes for the center, wanting the classrooms to be better designed for 21st century science standards.
“As a department, we've agreed that we would like to have a room that has capabilities of doing a lab as well as doing collaborative work,” said Dick. “The idea is to have flexibility to be able to do something where you have good communication, collaborative working and then when you're in the lab where you need to do some addressing the concepts that your learning, addressing the content, doing critical thinking, to be able to fully design lab or do a lab that is given to you.”
As far as the logistics of the buildings go, according to Baldwin, the center will be built in the back staff parking lot by the Gordon Gym and Softball field and will hopefully be completed by January of 2020.
The center will be paid for with money from the $220 billion Measure G bond, which was voted through last year.
As it stands, the STEM center is very much a fluctuating concept and Principal Baldwin would love to hear what students want to see featured in it. Administration wants to hear your ideas, so feel free express your opinions.