District 30 Opens New 21st Century Learning Lab

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Valley Stream District 30 central and building administrators, along with members of the board of education, gathered at Washington Avenue School on May 13 for the anticipated unveiling of the district’s new 21st Century Learning Lab. 

Before cutting the red ribbon, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Stirling shared his appreciation for all those who made the new space a reality for the children of the district. He thanked the board of education and the administrative staff for continually giving students more opportunities. Jennifer Lewner, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Susan Rodriguez, administrative director for 21st century learning and Brian Phillips, assistant superintendent for business were also praised for all of their hard work in making the new learning lab come to life. 

The 21st Century Learning Lab was created from the federal Student Support and Academic Enrichment Effective Use of Technology grant, which the district received last year. Inside the lab, students will find educational technology tools such as MERGE cubes, virtual reality headsets, a touch screen, giant dry-erase wall, dry-erase tables, different flexible seating options, Legos, a 3-D printer, a portable charging station and more. Clear Stream Avenue, Forest Road and Shaw Avenue students from grades K-6 will take full day trips to the 21st Century Learning Lab starting at the end of May to explore and do research. 

“The goal of the lab is to give students uninterrupted time to allow them to focus on a curriculum-based project that’s aligned to STEAM,” said Ms. Lewner.