ALLEN ISD STEAM Center Update

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Today Wednesday, June 21 was the expected date for construction to begin on the new Allen ISD STEAM Center with anticipated completion in  2019. The Allen ISD Board of Trustees recently approved the final projected costs of just under $40,000,000. STEAM which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics is becoming a concept that more and more school districts are looking at. The Allen ISD facility has added the Arts whereas most other schools are called STEM by providing education and focus on the other four study areas.

The STEAM Center will be located on Ridgeview Drive near the intersection of Exchange Boulevard in West Allen. The facility itself will be a two-story, 111,000 square-foot building that is anticipated to serve anywhere from 400-500 high school students during each class period. It will additionally serve the grades K-8 as the facility and surrounding land will be a destination for outdoor and indoor field trips.

The center will feature a a 250 seat Sci-Max theater that has the capacity to accomodate large groups as well as it will offer specialty labs, classrooms and learning spaces for collaborative projects and studies. According to the plans there will also be an outdoor learning pavilion, pond and wooded area for outdoor learning and much more.

The accessibility and convenience of the facility will allow students to take an educational field trip without having to leave town and therefore enjoy the learning experience more.

A sampling of the courses that will be offered to STEAM Center students is extremely impressive. Those courses include aquatic science, earth and space science, architectural design, engineering design, robotics and automation, web technologies and digital media. What an amazing opportunity for those students participating in these specialty fields of study to further their abilities and skills before attending college.

Source: Allen ISD, Dallas Business Journal

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