STEM lab construction nears an end


Rachel Brown

The Phillips 66 Innovation STEM lab construction has been delayed once more due to a number of factors. The construction that was expected to be complete on Sept. 14 is now expected to be complete by Sep. 25.

After that there will be some final touches to be made. Technology will be installed and furniture will be placed. The new STEM lab will also include state of the art equipment.

“It’s a myriad of things,” Principal Ladonna Chancellor said. “The short turnaround from the launch to getting the materials and to have all of the different trades scheduled along with ongoing construction. There were also some small late design changes.”

STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math, and 4 STEM classes are offered at Bartlesville High School. These classes include Scientific Research, Advanced Computer Science, Intro to Engineering, and Advanced Math.

STEM classes are yearlong classes, and the next opportunity for students to enroll in a STEM class will be during next year’s course selection in January or February.

In these classes students will have the opportunity to be introduced to innovative equipment and real world application. “It will be taking the level of work in the class room to another level,” Principal Ladonna Chancellor said.

“Our hope is to have more students go into the STEM Industry,” Advanced Math teacher Warren Neff said.