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Groundbreaking on new STEM facility

(08/05/2014) -The Newport News School Board cordially invites the community to attend the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Magruder Elementary Discovery STEM Academy at on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Magruder Elementary School Site, 1712 Chestnut Avenue.

The new, $27 million Magruder Discovery STEM Academy is scheduled to open in the fall of 2016 as one of the few elementary schools in the country designed from the ground up as a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning facility.

Designed by the architectural firm of Grimm & Parker with input from educators, students and community members, the new Magruder Discovery STEM Academy will feature 36 classrooms for kindergarten through fifth-grade students, collaborative learning zones for each grade level, a nutrition lab (kitchen and dining area), a fitness lab (gymnasium), an art room, a two-level media center with a project-based learning area, a community resource area, a courtyard with outdoor learning spaces and an amphitheater with a stage that connects to the fitness lab for indoor and outdoor performances.

STEM in Newport News

STEM education is key to a prosperous community and quality careers for upcoming generations. Newport News Public Schools has embarked on an aggressive STEM education initiative that prepares students to take full advantage of STEM opportunities in higher education and career fields.

NNPS is uniquely positioned to benefit from the high concentration of STEM-related careers in the region. Newport News Shipbuilding alone estimates that it will hire 10,000 people in the next several years to fill new jobs and replace retiring employees. NASA Langley, Jefferson Lab, Canon-Virginia, area military facilities and numerous government contractors in this region offer a wealth of STEM career opportunities for qualified job-seekers.

With the Magruder Discovery STEM Academy, nine other STEM-focused schools and numerous STEM school-based programs and activities, NNPS is building a comprehensive STEM culture in our school district and community.