New STEM Lab brings learning to life at WVMS


New STEM Lab brings learning to life at WVMS

October 28, 2019

Two students focus on a lab - one student pushes a car down a cardboard ramp while the other holds a stopwatch

Students at WVMS are being provided the opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a whole new way. Walk by the school’s new STEM lab at any given moment, and you’ll hear overlapping sounds of collaborative chatter. Take a peek inside and you’ll see exactly how a student-centered, student-driven space can invigorate education.

Turning textbook lessons into hands-on assessments

For example, students from Mrs. O’Keefe’s class recently took to the STEM lab to explore energy conservation. Using flexible rulers, cardboard ramps and hot wheels cars, student teams developed a lab procedure to investigate the conversion of potential energy to kinetic energy.

Keeping pace with the needs of our learners

The school’s new STEM lab is part of a recent renovation project which modernized the school’s media center, industrial kitchen and music suites.  On Oct. 25, district officials and students, area elected representatives and Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce members gathered for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to mark the official opening of these new spaces. 

Four students and one teacher look up from a table to pose. they are holding a car ramp.


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