BROOKSVILLE — The lab at Eastside Elementary School looks high tech, featuring new flooring, cabinets and furniture. Assistant Principal Michael Lastra calls it cutting edge.
“It’s not like your typical classroom,” Lastra said. “The school wanted it to be like something the students had never seen before. It’s really to create a learning environment that our kids are proud of, that is unlike any classroom in the area.”
Eastside, using Title I funds, turned a regular-looking classroom into something fit for a technology-themed Makerspace — a lab designed for exploration.
The lab came about, principal Mary LeDoux explained, from a district challenge to imagine what schools needed to look like over the next five years. The focal point is getting children to engage in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) activities.
And to drive home the significance of that…