Woodshop converted to S.T.E.A.M. Lab


Helena Buli

Advanced Tech Ed Class, first period, comes up with ideas for the Freedom Flashlight in the new S.T.E.A.M. Lab. on Sept. 16.

Noah Brandon, Photography Editor

Mrs. Beth Malarik, Tech Ed teacher, has decided to convert the woodshop into a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) Lab during the summer! The woodshop once was the craft of projects using math and machinery. Everything has changed from the paint on the walls to the technology everyone will be using. All lessons will now be involved with some sort of technology.

Mrs. Marie Dohanich and Mrs. Tion Piehler from the technology department have helped with the changes that have been made to the woodshop. Mrs. Malarik says her reason for changing the topic was, “technology in the world is changing and this meets the needs of the students.”

“3D printing, video editing, digital media, and robotics are things students will be learning,” Mrs. Malarik stated. Students in eighth grade are currently learning video editing with the use of some 3D printed props. Sixth grade students are working primarily with the 3d printers.

The new mural on the wall of the classroom section of the lab is a drawing of the Roberto Clemente bridge. The mural is a lot of students’ favorite part about the S.T.E.A.M. lab, however some students aren’t major fans of the new lab.

“I personally like the woodshop because I like doing things with woodworks and crafting things,” Noah Chaousy, eighth grade student, stated.

“S.T.E.A.M. Lab is better because it is up-to-date with the world,” Jalen Morbacher, eighth grade student said. 

“S.T.E.A.M. Lab is better than [the]woodshop because there is more up-to-date technology and you have more creativity,” Albert Greco, eighth grade student, stated.

In conclusion, the woodshop changing to S.T.E.A.M. Lab is great overall but some students don’t enjoy working with technology as much as others.