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PKMS set to have synergistic lab

Posted: September 24, 2012 - 1:59pm

Paul Knox Middle School could have a synergistic lab in place as early as the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Synergistic Modules Lab are currently in place at several schools in Aiken County including North Augusta Middle, said Jeff Howell, executive director of Public Education Partners, which coordinates fundraising to place the labs in Aiken County’s public schools.

The labs, purchased from Pitsco, generally feature several modules that address one or more areas of STEM—science, technology, engineering or math, said Howell.

Module topics could include algebra, physics, architecture/construction and rocket science. Each school chooses their own modules, he said.

“The students really enjoy these laboratories,” he said, noting it helps them see the relevance of what they are learning.

“This keeps the kids focused on things they can use when they get out of school,” he said.

The cost of each Synergistic Modules Lab varies depending on the number and type of modules the lab includes. The most recent lab was put in place at Jackson Middle School and cost $65,000.

The school district provides some of the funding, but the majority of it comes from company sponsorships and the community, said Howell.

“Our businesses are very kind in helping us to raise money,” he said, adding that modules are named after companies that sponsor them.

Public Education Partners hopes to raise the funds needed for Paul Knox’s lab in time for the lab to be in place by the start of the 2013-14 school year, Howell said.

Those interested in making a donation can visit www.publicedpartners.org or call Howell at (803) 649-9040.

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