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PHS launches ‘Lab’ to teach valuable skills

Prescott High School has launched “The Lab” in order to provide skills to students pursuing careers in media, engineering, business and entrepreneurship, among other areas. (Courtesy)

Prescott High School has launched “The Lab” in order to provide skills to students pursuing careers in media, engineering, business and entrepreneurship, among other areas. (Courtesy)

As technology continues to advance, so will the needs within our workforce. Educational institutions will need to move with a fast pace to keep up with the innovations in technology to teach students the skills they need to be competitive and current. Through the innovative thinking of Robyn Bryce and funding through the Jewish Community Foundation, PHS launched “The Lab.”

The Lab will serve to provide skills to students pursuing a degree and career in Media, Engineering, business and entrepreneurship, to name a few. It currently boosts a green screen, sound booth, virtual reality, a drone, robotic arm, 3D printers, vinyl printer and cutter, heat press and computer design center. Students will learn the skills to not only operate these machines, but collaboratively create tangible goods. These “goods” will be made from ideas which will move to prototype and eventually to market. Business concepts of marketing, economics and costing will be learned and experienced. Media skills of film, sound and digital enhancements will be gained, as will engineering skills of design and prototyping. These are just the tip of the iceberg of what can be gained by our students from this Lab.

As technology begins to take over through automated processes, the market will still be in need of those individuals with critical thinking and strong communication skills in addition to having strong experiences to work collaboratively, to problem-solve and think creatively to enhance and evolve products and systems. The Lab will provide such an environment to gain these skills and experiences.

Teachers will also have access to the lab to help enhance the teaching in their classrooms. Think about taking the class to The Lab to experience walking on the moon using Virtual Reality or visiting a different time and place like the Great Wall of China. Through additional sensory experiences, students will gain a greater comprehension of curriculum in addition to providing an additional “teaching tool” to teachers.

Through its 2019 grant cycle, the JCF provided the funding for the Lab. “Education has always been of great importance to the Jewish culture as in many others. The JCF loved the concept and was inspired by Robyn Bryce’s enthusiasm and vision. This will not only provide students with a leg up to compete and continue into a two- or four-year degree beyond PHS, but will provide those not pursuing additional education the current skills needed to gain viable, current jobs where they can support themselves and a family. The impact that this will make on our community in education will be significant.” noted Christine Resnick, Executive Director the JCF.

Information provided by Prescott High School.

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