CARLSBAD — Calavera Hills Middle School is in the running to be awarded a $100,000 science lab makeover, according to a press release from the Carlsbad Unified School District.
The schools competing are part of Northrop Grumman Foundation’s Fab School Labs contest, which includes five winners. In total, 20 schools throughout the country are in the running.
A social media campaign on Facebook runs from Nov. 16 to Nov. 20 for the schools. Voting for CHMS is Wednesday on Facebook by searching Fab Schools Labs.
In a press release from Northrop Grumman, the said the competition will provide the winners with up-to-date equipment.
“From outdated equipment and an overall lack of functional space for students to work, to a need for more safe and secure classrooms to be able to conduct experiments, the contest submissions cast a spotlight on today’s middle school science facilities and the need to help bring them up to the learning standards required to meet the growing technological advancements and demands of our society,” according to the press release.
In addition, the company said the Fab School Labs contest has been designed to drive student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), allow schools the chance to create the STEM lab of their dreams and provide students access to the latest learning tools and technologies.
To help meet the education demands of today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, the Northrop Grumman Foundation — through its Fab School Labs program — is helping today’s science and STEM labs and classrooms become places of inspiration, imagination and opportunity for students, according to the press release.
“Enhancing classroom tools is another way to help our teachers boost the science and technology learning experience for their students,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, Northrop Grumman vice president, Global Corporate Responsibility and president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. “Young people are naturally inquisitive and adept at so many of the technologies we have available to us today. With the help of teachers and the community at large, we look forward to giving kids the chance to succeed and thrive as they engage in the exciting fields of science, technology, engineering and math where they can let their imagination soar.”
Nearly 200 schools participated in the contest submitting videos, photos and sharing their school’s vision for a state-of-the-art science lab. All submissions were reviewed by a team comprised of Flinn Scientific and an independent consultant. The top 20 semifinalist schools were chosen based on a scoring system that included existing classroom/lab resources, level of need, students impacted, feasibility of upgrades and proposed plans, and meeting the contest eligibility requirements and entry criteria.
Once all of the online votes have been cast, the Fab School Labs team to determine the top five will conduct a final selection process. The winning schools will then work with a design and engineering company to build a lab with all of the tools, resources and furnishings needed.