The Denham Springs High School STEM & Robotics Center offers more than anything in a traditional classroom.
“Digital design and emergent media, Digital Storytelling in TV and Film, Introduction to engineering and Introduction to robotics,” says program director Michael Simmons.
The center was created after Southside Elementary flooded in 2016, but the multipurpose building nearby still remains.
Simmons thought soon after a space like this could serve a purpose.
“All the jobs going into the 21st century are all flowing toward technology. We needed a place where we could get our students trained in those fields,” Simmons explains.
The students can take courses in partnership with LSU. Assistant Superintendent Jody Purvis sees the program growing into something bigger.
“I hope we would be seeing enough to add additional teachers here and possibly even add an additional pathway in the STEM facility,” Purvis says.
As the anniversary of the 2016 flood nears, Simmons says there’s always a silver lining after tragedy…
“We were able to come out on the good side of something terrible.”
The center also includes an event space that will be available for the public with a full kitchen that can be used for catering for students in the Pro-Start program can utilize.