March 30, 2016
A $1.7 million Signature Community Initiative grant from Phillips 66 is funding Innovation Labs for STEM programs at each of the public secondary schools in Bartlesville.
Bartlesville High School
At the high school, the 1956 basement cafeteria was no longer needed when the new cafeteria/commons opened in August 2015. So the grant completely renovated the former cafeteria space into the Phillips 66 Innovation Labs, consisting of an advanced computing lab, presentation room, and projects laboratory to serve four new courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Students in the Information Technology Lab at collaboration stations
Student working in the Projects Lab on mobile whiteboard
Presentations Room with flexible mobile furnishings
The high school labs include an Information Technology Lab, Presentations Room, and Projects Lab with wet lab and shop areas
Five courses at the high school address all areas of STEM:
Science: Science Research course where juniors and seniors develop independent original research projects and enter them into competitions. This course is being taught by veteran BHS science teacher Betty Henderson, who is a member of the Oklahoma Science Fair Hall of Fame and has for decades mentored Bartlesville students in award-winning projects at the district, state, and national levels, including several that led to patents.
Computer Science Principles is a new offering for 2016-2017, offering freshmen and sophomores the opportunity to earn Advanced Placement college credit. Using Python® as a primary tool and incorporating multiple platforms and languages for computation, this course aims to develop computational thinking, generate excitement about career paths that utilize computing, and introduce professional tools that foster creativity and collaboration. That course is complemented by an Exploring Computer Science course which introduces students in grades 9-12 to the field through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics, including computational practices of algorithm development, problem solving and programming. BHS teacher Jeremy Hanks brings his expertise with computers to both courses.
Introduction to Engineering Design course where freshmen apply math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects, working both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software. Students can follow-up this course in the later grades with additional related engineering coursework at Tri County Tech. This course is being taught by veteran BHS science teacher David Ayres, who has a degree in engineering.
Advanced Math Applications course for students in grades 10-12 with topics such as signal processing, array design, solid earth modeling, matrix inversion, field modeling, and much more. This course is being taught by veteran math teacher Warren Neff, who brings his extensive industry experience to bear.
At each of the two middle schools, two separate areas are being remodeled into Innovation Labs. A suite of rooms at each site is designated for that school's Gateway to Technology program, which offers students a variety of courses:
- Design & Modeling
- Flight & Space
- Science & Technology
NEW for 2016-2017:
- Automation & Robotics
- Medical Detectives
- Introduction to Computer Science
The grant is also funding at each middle school the creation of a second computing lab and a projects lab.
Madison Middle School
At Madison Middle School, the initial Gateway to Technology suite includes a computing laboratory, student work room, and fabrication room.
The program doubles in size in 2016-2017 with courses taught by Shannon McKinney and Rachel Hough. The two new Gateway to Technology teachers will use the Innovation Labs on both sides of the corridor, including another computing lab and student work room to the north.
Central Middle School
Central Middle School's original campus is undergoing a complete renovation and expansion. New Phillips 66 Innovation Labs are being constructed on the ground floor and top floor. The former band room and adjacent areas on the top floor are being remodeled for Gateway to Technology courses taught by Darin Messerli. This includes a computing lab and a combination work room/fabrication room.
Another large room, on the fourth floor of the building, is being renovated via a school bond issue, with lab tables and technology provided via the Phillips 66 grant, into a combination computing laboratory and workroom for Gateway to Technology courses taught by Lolly Williams.
A former shop area on the ground floor, which had been two separate classrooms in recent years, is being fully remodeled into a computing lab at one end and a science projects lab at the other end. These will be open for general use, including the school's Science Olympiad program sponsored by Diane Herron and the school's physical, life, and earth science classes.