Located at Franklinton Middle School
The United Way of Franklin County, Franklin County School District, and the Boys & Girls Club have collaborated to create an Innovation STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) lab to invest in the future of our children and our community. The Lab is housed at Franklinton Middle School and is available to the entire school district and community as a destination for learning. We have completed the initial stages of the up fit of the lab with many donations from the community and an outpouring of volunteer support.
This lab will provide opportunities for self-directed teaching and learning for youth and adults. This resource will provide a safe and stable environment for those who need a structured learning atmosphere and may struggle in traditional learning environments. The lab will enable our children to explore the sciences, technology, engineering, art and math in an environment that promotes innovation and creativity. This Lab will act as a catalyst for future education and entrepreneurship in Franklin County. This lab will excite minds with creativity; encouraging new and non-traditional teaching techniques that support impulsiveness done right. We will offer musical instruments to create sound vibrations and communication with sound energy. We will provide interactive learning spaces to explore the anatomy of the mind and body. We expect to build a program that will enable Franklin County to be a full participant in the growth and success of our society.
We will offer this Lab for regional use to outside groups and other schools and the United Way of Franklin County has committed to work with the Boys & Girls club as well as the schools to offer summer opportunities as well. Additionally, partnerships with regional businesses and industry are planned which will influence the curriculum to give students real world experience.
We need to increase reading proficiency, math proficiency, science proficiency and the interest in learning. Education is the only way out of poverty. We must understand why we are here. We want to educate our children and look forward to our partnership with you and others in the community to make this happen.
Many members of the community have donated time, energy and materials to making this possible.
Here's a list of some of our items available to explore: Cue robots, a Cricut Machine, KEVA planks, Sphero Minis, Snap Circuits, Makey-Makey, Prusa 3d printer, MicroEye and Microscopes, a Mars Map, green screen, Lenovo VR headsets, many art supplies, and other activities that involve STEAM knowledge and education.
Thank you to the following companies and partners who have donated materials for the upfit alone:
NOW HERE'S WHAT WE NEED FROM YOU: Please consider donating the following items, not just today but for months to come. These items will be an amazing addition to the STEAM lab and will help each child experiment and learn in the future.
Used Ipads and Iphones
Pegboard and pegs
Aluminum foil and plastic bags
Balls of various sizes (ping pong, tennis, marbles, etc.)
Battery-operated tea lights or glow sticks
plastic bins, cardboard boxes
Craft sticks, glue
Dry erase markers, and wipes to remove
Glue guns & glue sticks
An Energee charging Station
Hot Wheel cars or other cars
Ice cube trays
Model rocket kit
Potters Wheel and clay
tapes, painters, masking
Tools such as drills, hammers and nails
Please drop these items off at the following locations:
Franklinton Middle School
The United Way of Franklin County
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP!! We look forward in creating great minds for the future!!
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