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An artist's drawing shows how the STREAM Innovation Center at De La Salle High School in Concord will look in August 2015. The foundation is being laid this month.
School of the future rises
in STREAM Innovation Center
When De La Salle High School science instructor Viki Acquistapace received an award from the Contra Costa Commission for Women in 2012 as "A Woman Innovating in Science or Technology," she shared with the audience an email from the father of a student. He had written: "Mrs. A: Tonight I was working late on the computer and I could hear my son talking in his sleep. He was saying, 'I love biology. I love biology.' And then, back to sleep he went."
The audience laughed, along with the veteran teacher, who says, "I want students to crave science." And crave it they do. Every year, the De La Salle entrants in the Contra Costa County Science and Engineering Fair win major awards, and in 2014 one student, Vernon Wetzell, was invited to be keynote speaker at the California Water Environment Association's annual conference, where he shared his concept of a low-cost method by which villages in underdeveloped countries could purify brackish water to yield safe drinking water.
Vernon is starting his senior year, with lots more science and other subjects to learn, and he says that he is in exactly the right place: "De La Salle has been great for me, because I haven't just learned things, I've learned how to learn." That is high praise, and De La Salle educators are committed to earning that praise from every student in every discipline. The challenge is to provide students and teachers with facilities and tools that are commensurate with the teachers' abilities and the students' potential.
An answer to that challenge, and one element of the school's 50th Anniversary Capital Campaign, is now rising on the De La Salle campus: The STREAM Innovation Center. STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Ground for the multi-disciplinary building was broken on June 1, and it will open in August 2015.
The state-of-the-art facility will expand teaching and learning opportunities, allow for the expansion of Robotics course offerings, provide integrated laboratories and classrooms, and foster true teacher-student collaboration in a competitive critical-thinking environment.
Fundraising efforts in support of the STREAM Innovation Center are part of De La Salle's 50th Anniversary Campaign. To learn more, visit www.dlshs.org.
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