Killeen ISD to purchase mobile STEM lab

Posted at 10:02 AM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-09 19:41:10-05

Beginning in Fall 2019, a mobile STEM lab will start making its way around schools in the Killeen Independent School District.

KISD has been working with a vendor to design the STEM lab which was approved by the school board Tuesday night.

The lab will serve 26 elementary schools within the district.

Representatives from the district said these are elementary schools that have higher populations of military-connected students.

"We got a grant from the U.S. Defense Department for a million dollars to fund this program, so we're buying a mobile STEM laboratory and equipping it with great scientific experiments," said Terry Abbott, KISD Chief Communications Officer.

The district already has a STEM academy program in place at Roy J. Middle School.

"And there are more than a thousand kids on the waiting list to get into that program so that shows us that there is a big appetite out there for STEM learning. We wanted to start it earlier at third through fifth grade," said Abbott.

In the STEM mobile lab, kids will have the opportunity to participate in real STEM experiments.

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