DENHAM SPRINGS, La. (BRPROUD)– As the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) arena continues to expand, an increasing number of related jobs are becoming available in the state.

One Livingston Parish school, ever aware of this expansion, is taking the necessary steps to prepare its students for futures that involve STEM.

Live Oak High School (LOHS) has positioned itself as a leader in this regard by embarking on the construction of a new STEM Facility in the community of Watson.

LOHS Student Body President Sylvia White said, “I am so proud of our school and look forward to seeing what the future holds for the students who will benefit from the learning that will take place here.”

White has previous experience when it comes to projects that aim to help up-and-coming students. She took part in the groundbreaking of the Live Oak Institute of Medicine, Aviation & the Arts.

White said she’s eager to see the impact of the upcoming STEM Facility, “I’m very excited about how far our school has come. I’m upset I won’t be able to take part in these classes because, but I’m excited for everybody else who will be able to take part of this.”

The $6 million project will include the construction of two buildings on each side of the main campus. These will become places where students can tap into their creativity by thinking outside of the box.

They’ll also provide students with an opportunity to obtain a sneak peak of the real world.

White said, “They’ll be able to get a head start and see what direction they would like to go after high school.”

LOHS Principal Beth Jones also touched on this, saying, “It’s just going to provide them a strong foundation, let them see different things that they haven’t been exposed to in their life. To say, ‘Okay, this is something I want to do when I go to college, or this is something I want to do when I go to a technical institute.’ They just need to get them exposed to the right programs and get them excited about learning.”

Principal Jones believes the Eagles will be able to spread their wings and soar to endless possibilities.

She added, “You’ll be able to see flight simulations. You’ll be able to see students at a computer table doing dissections, a business where our students are running engineering with robotics. All of those different things are going to be available for our students.”

This will be the first center of its kind in the Live Oak community, and it’s expected to have lasting results.

Jones said, “I think it’s going to change generations of our students’ lives forever.”

The new building is expected to be up and running by the beginning of 2024.