STEM Lab gets new name, nears bid

By Michael Howlett Staff Writer

November 23, 2013

According to reports presented to the Carroll County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and the Carroll County School Board, work on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Lab at Carroll County High School is nearing a bid date.

Dennis Cole, clerk of works, told both boards, “We have finished with the design development, and the next phase, construction documentation, should be completed by the end of the month.” Cole added that he expects to have a Dec. 5 bid date.

During the IDA meeting, Carroll County Administrator Gary Larrowe noted that STEM, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, is a misnomer since the facility at the high school will really be a STEAM Lab.

“We’ve added agriculture, so I guess you could call it a STEAM Lab. We will be the first nationwide to have a STEAM Lab,” said Larrowe.

Carroll County Schools Superintendent Dr. Strader Blankenship said although there are STEAM Labs in other areas, the A stands for art in those cases.

“This may very well be the first STEAM Lab where agriculture is a main focus,” said Blankenship. “The lab is in the ag shop and we plan on utilizing it for agriculture. It will give us the opportunity to teach students how to do testing on products that are grown in Carroll County.”

“The really cool thing about the lab, however, is it is multi-purpose and can be anything we need it to be,” he added.

In other updates, Cole said although the goal of having heat by Nov. 1 at Carroll County High School was met, “There was still a lot of work to be done.”

“We still have control, chill-water piping, insulation and duct work to be done,” he said. “The two condensing boilers are providing heat at this time and the atmospheric boilers are acting as backups. They will kick in if we drop to minus-30 degrees.”