Merced City School District officials, elected officials and community members gathered Wednesday for a dedication ceremony to the districts recent learning center, district official said.
The STEAM Center, which stands for science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, opened in August and is located by Ada Givens Elementary, officials said. The 5,460 square foot center is open to all students in MCSD and provides them with hands-on learning that helps them prepare for their future.
"The Merced City School District chose to create a space to benefit all of our children," MCSD board president Adam Cox said during the ceremony, according to a statement from officials.
Teachers also use the STEAM Center to receive support, training and learn innovative ways of teaching challenging concepts, the statement said. Local scientist and engineers have also visited the center since the opening to speak to children about subjects their studying and possible career choices related to STEAM.
California School Board President Susan Henry said the STEAM Center is the only one of its kind in the sate because it serves all students.
Students from every MCSD school attended the ceremony, officials said, and filled a time capsule with items they chose through an online survey, an iPod, Chromebook, fidget spinner and maps of the city and county. The time capsule is set to open in 2027.
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