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Oklahoma district boasts ‘best in state’ STEM innovation labs

Nathan Thompson, Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise
March 14th, 2016

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Maker spaces, science labs, and touch screens help students conduct real-world STEM

Members of the media were able to tour the new Phillips 66 Innovation Lab at Bartlesville High School on Monday with Phillips 66 Chairman/CEO Greg Garland and Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister.

Bartlesville Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Gary Quinn called the new state-of-the-art facility as one of the best in the state.

“I would like to especially thank Phillips 66, who helped make the Phillips 66 Innovation Labs a reality,” Quinn said. “The addition of these labs is helping to shape Bartlesville High School as one of premier educational facilities in the state of Oklahoma. We are very proud of that.”

Below is detailed information about the Phillips 66 Innovation Labs, provided by the Bartlesville Public School District and Phillips 66.

Background:

In August 2014, Phillips 66 gave a $1.7 million contribution to the Bartlesville Public School District to build Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) labs at Bartlesville’s three secondary schools.

The gift was part of the company’s strategy to partner with local organizations at the grassroots level in communities where Phillips 66 employees live and work. Timing for building the labs coincided with the school district’s re-configuring of its secondary schools, thanks to the generosity of the community’s support of a significant bond issue. This gave school planners the opportunity to develop space beyond traditional classroom settings to enhance STEM education.

The new labs are designed to help boost Bartlesville’s student participation and achievement in STEM-related curricula and job skills. The program also is expected to enhance Bartlesville’s attractiveness as a great place to work and raise a family.

The Bartlesville High School and Madison Middle School labs were completed in late 2015 and the Central Middle School lab is scheduled to be completed in August 2016.

Details:

As of January 2016, nearly 800 middle and high school students are taking STEM courses in the Bartlesville Public School District. Classes include engineering, computer science, design and modeling, automation and robotics, and math application through “hands-on” learning experiences and research-based courses.

Each Phillips 66 Innovation Lab provides flexible space for IT, Fabrication, and Research functions. Beyond the traditional school day, the labs will be used for competitive project teams, distance learning, teacher training and curricular exhibits.

At these labs, students get to:

— learn engineering design through hands-on projects,

— explore conceptual ideas of computer science,

— conduct original scientific research typical of college-level courses through the use of a dedicated research lab,

— and analyze real-world problems through advanced math applications.

Equipment:

Bartlesville High School

— IT Lab contains 16 higher-end computers at four collaborative workstations with large wall monitors, eight desktops with two additional large wall monitors, 17 laptops, 35 tablets, large touchscreen wall monitor and computer, and three instructional computers. Computers, laptops and tablets interface to the seven wall monitors and a high-end electronic marker board and document camera with mobile teaching station, plus a laser printer.

— Presentations Room contains mobile student desks and instructor stations, high-end electronic marker board, document camera, 30 high-end graphing calculators with WiFi networking, 40 sensors and probes with interfaces for calculators and laptop computers, and color laser mutlifunction printer.

— Projects Lab contains 16 laptop computers, touchscreen wall monitor, 15 workstations and long counter-top for research projects, mobile marker boards, wet lab area with sinks, fume hood, engineering equipment, refrigerator and walk-in freezer, side storage and project rooms, and a fabrication area with workbench and tool room with more than 275 hand and machine tools.

Madison and Central Middle Schools

— IT Labs, two each, contain 30 student computers and an instructor computer at a mobile station, and electronic marker board.

— Workroom contains eight student workbenches with vices, demonstration bench, mobile instructor station with computer, document camera and ceiling projector.

— Fabrication room with workbench, table saw, miter saw and drill press.

— Science projects lab with seven work areas, sinks, fume hood, tool area, stockrooms, instructor-demonstration station with computer, document camera and ceiling projector.

Square Footage:

Bartlesville High School:

— Wet Lab 2,700 square-feet;

— Presentation/Lecture Space 700 square-feet;

— Innovation Lab 1,200 square-feet;

— Support (Office, Storage, etc.) 925 square-feet;

— Total: 5,545 square-feet.

Madison Middle School:

— Computer Lab 1,110 square-feet;

— Project Lab 1,130 square-feet;

— Work Room 1,265 square-feet;

— Fabrication Room 400 square-feet;

— Technology Suite 1,024 square-feet;

— Support (Office, Storage, etc) 420 square-feet;

— Total: 5,349 square-feet.

Central Middle School:

Lower Level:

— Wet Lab 1,300 square-feet;

— IT Lab 790 square-feet;

— Support (Storage) 790 square-feet.

Upper Level:

— Gateway to Technology 1,530 square-feet;

— Computer Lab 1,125 square-feet;

— Work Room 900 square-feet;

— Support (Office, Storage, etc.) 250 square-feet.

Total square footage for Central: 6,385 square-feet.

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