Recognizing the importance of STEM in preparing students for the future job market, Grier has developed an IT Corridor. The expansion of existing space includes a 3D printing lab, robotic engineering facility, and classrooms for teaching computer science courses, including AP Computer Science.
A generous leadership contribution of $25,000 followed by additional smaller donations made the vision of the IT Corridor a reality. The IT Corridor replaced an existing suite of small classrooms in the hallway near the staff entrance to the kitchen. The design included expanding the computing and robotics classroom to a larger space that could better accommodate a computing lab, 3D Printing lab, robotics table, and adequate storage for the robotics equipment. The Computing and Robotics lab received new furniture and all-in-one large-screen PCs. Clever storage solutions for the robotic devices have integrated power outlets to keep them charged and ready. A smooth surface dry-erase robotics table replaces the make-shift table in the former lab. Passersby can enjoy the products of the labs on view in the large glass display case in the corridor. The Graphic Design Lab, IT Offices, and instructional space round out the IT Corridor. New carpeting, doors, LED lights, blinds, and windows make the corridor rooms more comfortable and energy-efficient.
From classes, to competitions, to clubs, Grier offers numerous opportunities for girls to develop confidence at skills in STEM – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. It has been said that “the future of the economy is in STEM,” and the data supports this assertion.