MOC-Floyd Valley High School Updates Science Classrooms
MOC-Floyd Valley High School in
Orange City, IA is redesigning and expanding its science area to provide
additional space for computers, labs and storage in support of a focus on
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
The school is redesigning its biology and chemistry classrooms, combining two
of the classrooms into one, and building a 7,200 square foot addition, according
to a report in the Sioux City Journal. The expansion and redesign will include
three new science classrooms and more space for instruction, labs and storage.
The project will also add windows to the science area to provide better
Doug De Zeeuw, a chemistry and physics teacher at the school, told the Sioux
City Journal that the new science area will allow space for computers, making it
easier to integrate technology into classes, and the increased lab space will
give the students more opportunities to conduct hands-on experiments. The new
layout will also enable students to work in cooperative groups.
The school district anticipated the project to cost $2.7 million, but the bid
price came in at just over $2 million and construction is proceeding on
schedule. According to information in the Sioux City Journal, the project is
funded through a physical plant equipment levy and a statewide sales tax for
school infrastructure. The district is also working with a finance company to
arrange an extended payment plan while completing the projects on schedule.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].