Paul Knox Middle School held a grand opening for its new Synergistic Lab on Thursday.
The lab features modules that address various areas of STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.
“It is a way to engage the students,” said Dr. Liz Stewart, chairwoman of Public Education Partners, a nonprofit organization that helps place the labs in Aiken County’s public schools . “Looking, touching, doing – all of these things help students learn. It also teaches critical thinking because they have to solve problems and think about what they are doing and why they are doing it. They also work together so it teaches teamwork as well.”
The following organizations and individuals contributed funding for the lab: Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, Ray and Lynn Fleming, Honeywell, Bridgestone, city of North Augusta, Savannah River Remediation, Paul Knox Middle School’s PTO, and AT&T.
The lab helps to provide pupils with practical application, said Principal Kyle Smith.
“This means a lot,” he said of receiving the lab. “It means our students are provided hands-on applications in math and science. It makes students excited about learning. It also demonstrates that they can take what they are learning in the classroom to the real world.”
The lab will be used primarily by seventh and eighth graders and sixth graders will begin to transition into the lab during the latter part of the school year.
All but two middle schools in the Aiken County Public Schools district have a Synergistic Lab. North Augusta Middle School also has a lab.