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Construction of STEM Academy continues at North Hall High School

POSTED: July 16, 2013 1:19 a.m.

Workers prepare to hang acoustic ceiling tiles inside a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics classroom Monday afternoon at North Hall High. The school's old vocational wing is currently under renovations to become its new STEM center.

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The time-intensive work is complete, and the final construction of the North Hall High School STEM facility should go quickly and be done by the beginning of the school year.

The Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics academy will put a greater focus on those subject areas, ideally providing a better launching point for students who want to pursue careers in those areas.

Damon Gibbs, executive director of facilities with Hall County Schools, said Monday that the renovations are a move toward “better utilizing” the space.

Similar classes took place in the space previously, but Gibbs said that the larger rooms were split to provide for multiple classrooms and also update the rooms.

The renovated space will incorporate up-to-date technology.

“It will all be wireless,” Gibbs said.

There are now separate areas for practical applications, such as metal fabrication and welding. The space is set up to replicate a work environment, like a manufacturing facility.

“That’s exactly what we were shooting for,” Gibbs said.

"We want these kids to have everyday experiences where the skills that they learn here, they can transfer right into the workplace.”


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