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Del Dios Academy opens new STEM classroom

Albert Ngo, Principal at Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences with student Anthony Jimenez admire one of the wonders at the new STEM lab, with some equipment made possible by a grant from Northrup Grumman.

This week the Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the crown jewels of the Escondido Union School District is opening its new state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) laboratory.  A ribbon-cutting was held for the new facility Wednesday (We will have photos from that in next week’s paper.)

STEM, of course, stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math, and the term is getting a lot of emphasis in modern education these days, and particularly in the Escondido district, which will also be opening a two-story STEM lab at Mission Middle School.

The lab was made possible in part by a $100,000 grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation. The new STEM laboratory will support the integration of Next Generation Science Standards and 21st century STEM technologies – like virtual reality, flight simulation, and computer coding via Sphero.

Students Cynthia Camacho, Anthony Jimenez and Joshua Madera Parrish check out some of the cool new stuff at their just-opened STEM lab.

“This brand new state-of-the-art STEM lab at Del Dios Academy is a foundational part of EUSD’s commitment to providing Escondido’s students with quality education that prepares them for today’s and tomorrow’s careers,” said Superintendent Luis Rankins-Ibarra.  “We are thankful to the many leaders in our community who invested in this facility to provide Escondido students and their families with top-notch STEM education.”

The STEM lab will also be a creative “makerspace” for Del Dios science classes and enable Del Dios student Science Scholars of Del Dios to learn via high definition displays and Wi-Fi casting, to learn to use technology and devices in their presentations, and to foster creativity and team collaboration.

“Northrop Grumman is committed to investing in the communities where our employees work and live,” said Alfredo Ramirez, director of engineering, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “We hope that the new lab will strengthen the school’s ability to inspire STEM curious minds and continue fostering innovation for the future workforce.”

Joshua Madera Parrish on his maiden flight of an airplane flight simulator.

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