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School Board tours makerspace

The Jamestown Public School Board held its regular meeting at Jamestown High School on Monday in order to tour the makerspace manufacturing lab that opened this school year. JHS Principal Adam Gehlhar said that he and a committee of students help...

   

The Jamestown Public School Board held its regular meeting at Jamestown High School on Monday in order to tour the makerspace manufacturing lab that opened this school year.

JHS Principal Adam Gehlhar said that he and a committee of students helped raised the $36,000 needed through local businesses in order to get matching grants that made the lab possible. He said the lab is a step toward the transition to a 21st-century learning curriculum that integrates science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) technology.

“Learning problem-solving skills and identifying emerging workforce needs firsthand is crucial for 21st-century learning,” Gehlhar said.

JHS students Jarron Larson, Jordan Montgomery, Erik Orgaard and Allie Struble demonstrated the makerspace lab equipment that includes a laser cutter, a 3-D printer with prototyping tools, robotics, various electronics and computers. The students talked about how the makerspace helps to incorporate 21st-century education into the curriculum.

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Lynn Kosel, chair of the JHS chemistry and physics department, and Kimberly Carpenter, chair of the algebra I and informal geometry department, provided examples of how the makerspace is used to enhance project-based learning with the curriculum through practical exercises that apply the textbook learning.

“We appreciate the community partnerships that made the makerspace technologies possible,” said Heidi Larson, vice president of the School Board. “The makerspace is an incredible opportunity for our students to expand and apply their knowledge in a hands-on setting.”

In a 7-0 roll-call vote, the School Board approved an increase of a part-time elementary school counseling position to a fulltime position with the resignation of counselor Tressi Mitchell. Board members Roger Haut, president, and Diane Hanson were not present.

The need to increase the counseling position to full time takes into account the expanding duties and the difficulty to fill the position at a part-time level, said Robert Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public School District.

In other business, the School Board approved:

► The resignations of Vikki Coombs, principal of Louis L’Amour Elementary School; Thomas Copeland, automotive instructor at James River Valley Career and Technology Center, and Sheila Nelson, speech and language pathologist for the James River Valley Special Education Cooperative.

► The 2018 Student Travel Study Program to Germany.

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