Grissom Middle School’s science rooms received a 21st century face-lift this year. Architects from Tria Architecture worked with D140 science teachers to develop classroom layouts designed to function with the research-based Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Improvements included new lab work stations, additional organizational and research space, added storage, electrical enhancements, and updated plumbing and ventilation systems.
All six science rooms were also outfitted with 70-inch ViewSonic Interactive Flat Panel Displays (IFPD). Featuring huge touchscreens, the IFPD’s allow multiple users to write, edit, and draw onscreen encouraging lively presentations and collaboration among students and teachers.
Of note, the interactive flat panels are not limited to Grissom alone. The IFPD’s are being piloted at every school as a possible replacement for the District’s 10-year-old Promethean boards. Select teachers (about 5 per school) are experimenting with incorporating the IFPD’s in their classroom instruction. Additionally, Media Center Directors at each building will be providing push in and pull out activities for all students during the 2018-19 school year.