By: Gabrielle Martinez
Students and Science teachers have been working on a new self-sustaining engineering program that they plan to introduce at the start of the new school year.
According to Mr. Carlos Reyes, the Assistant Principal of Science, this new engineering program will focus on classes featuring hydroponics, genetics, aquaponics and create their own materials for all of their learning needs.
If all goes well this program should be open to Murrow students this September.
For the past two years the school incorporated S.T.E.M into creating its Science programs, whose main focus is providing knowledge of engineering such as coding and pre-engineering.
“Engineering can be a simple thing, it’s based on your imagination, it’s based on your ingenuity,” said Mr. Reyes.
Mr. Reyes said that with numerous grants and generous donations his department collected more than $1 million. With this money they renovated three rooms – 391, 387 and the third-floor greenhouse, and create a Fabrication Lab, which creates new materials for students to use and a Multi-Purpose Research Lab, for students to research in the greenhouse.
“We want to make it function as a classroom during the day but after hours it turns not into a club but into a great place what’s happening there (robotics),” Science teacher Mr. Richard White.
Mr. White said the program will not only include plants, but animals as well. There will be modernized equipment such as 3D-printers, water systems, plexiglas, laser cutters, heating systems and more.
“We want to have the room accessible for many reasons, engineering robotics, plant research, raising fish, multi-leveled of student interests,” said Mr. White.
Although the teachers in the science department had a big part in this so did the students.
Members of the Robotics Club pushed for more engineering opportunities for students and were able to work with teachers to get the first engineering program in this school — the pre-engineering program.
“We felt that there was a need for basic skills that we can put into real life,” said 17-year-old senior Michael Murman.
Since this new program focuses on self-sustainability it has gained the interest of many. Brooklyn Borough president, Eric L. Adams, and Brooklyn Borough Deputy, Diana Reyna invited the NYC Tech Pipeline which introduces students engineering from an early age.
“They created this pipeline so we can bring in students from elementary to bring students from elementary to junior high, to high school to college, and they can move to high academia if they want to do engineering,” said Mr. Reyes.
Students were also invited to the Resilient Schools Consortium (RISC) where one out of five schools were chosen by Brooklyn College, the National Wildlife Federation, NOAA and a couple of other foundations participate in costal resilience program.
“We aim to look at ways in which we can prepare ourselves and help assist people whenever we have a weather catastrophe,” said Mr. Reyes.
The school has worked to make sure that the labs are wheelchair accessible. Also if you happen to have more or less of a comprehension than other students there are different levels to keep up with the pace that you are going at.
“I wish I had the opportunity to take this class as well,” said Murman.