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Centerville Elementary School starts student STEM lab

This Houston County school is going above and beyond to keep their students engaged

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. — There are a lot of things a school can do with an empty classroom, but educators at Centerville Elementary School decided to turn theirs into a STEM laboratory.

Once a week, teachers sign their students up to participate in fun lab projects, from making slime to planning their own cross-country road trips. 

"If kids aren't engaged in what they're doing, they're not gonna learn," says Centerville principal Ruthann Bowden. "This is a excellent opportunity for them to get their hands dirty, wet."

Parents can also come in to help with different experiments. The STEM lab has become a tradition that many students look forward to.

"I see kids, like, looking at the clock and they'll be the ones that are like, 'Aren't we supposed to go to STEM lab?'" says 5th grader Audrey Simmons.

The lab has been running at Centerville for two years, thanks to the school's family engagement coordinator Billie Jo Quinton.

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