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United Way, Boys & Girls Club, Franklin schools partner for STEAM lab

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The United Way of Franklin County, the Franklin County school district and the Boys & Girls Club have partnered to collaborate on a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Imagination Lab to invest in the future of children and the community.

The STEAM Imagination Lab is housed at Franklinton Middle School but is available to the entire school district as a destination for learning. The plan will repurpose existing classroom space to create a school of the future where current students can make a collective impact that puts children in a position to succeed.

The 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, and will enable children to explore the sciences, technology, engineering, art and math in an environment that promotes innovation and creativity.

The STEAM Lab will act as a catalyst for future education and entrepreneurship in Franklin County. STEAM tools provided will include curriculum-based learning tools, robotics kits, tablets, and mobile furniture to support individual and unique learning styles.

The United Way of Franklin County has committed to work with the Boys & Girls Club as well as the schools to offer STEAM summer camps beginning this year. Partnerships with regional businesses and industry are also in the works with the aim to give students real-world experience.

Musical Instruments Drive

Music Academy South and the United Way of Franklin County will host a musical instrument collection for The STEAM Imagination Lab at Franklinton Middle School through the rest of this month. Bring gently used instruments to Music Academy South, 1241 S. Main St., Wake Forest.

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