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News & Announcements: Del Dios celebrates its new, cutting-edge STEM Lab

Eight dignitaries stand in front of a gold ribbon at the grand opening of a new classroom.

“Northrop Grumman is committed to investing in the communities where our employees work and live. We hope that the new lab will strengthen the school’s ability to inspire curious minds and continue fostering innovation for the future workforce.”

Alfredo Ramirez
Director of Engineering
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

The STEM disciplines — science, technology, engineering, and math — continue to be critical pillars of modern K–12 education. On March 21, 2018, EUSD’s Del Dios Academy of Arts and Sciences further cemented its status as a STEM leader by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for its brand-new STEM Lab. The state-of-the-art facility was made possible by a generous $100,000 grant from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

At the event, students, staff, and special guests gathered in the Del Dios performing arts center to hear introductory remarks from EUSD Superintendent Luis Rankins-Ibarra, Joanee’ Johnson of Northrop Grumman, Del Dios Principal Albert Ngo, Del Dios Science / STEM Teacher Greg Fryan, and grateful Del Dios students:

A teacher speaks to a large audience in an auditorium.

After the introduction, the audience and members of the local news media gathered outside to watch the ribbon cutting and see the inside of the Lab for the very first time:

Inside, attendees got a first-hand look at the cutting-edge features of the STEM Lab, which include virtual reality, flight simulation, and multiple small-group workstations to foster creativity and team collaboration. The Lab’s numerous MacBooks, iPads, microscopes, and high-definition displays will allow Del Dios students to learn to code and use technology in their presentations:

A classroom table with four MacBooks, a microscope, and a television.

A computer flight simulator.

A computer flight simulator with an adjacent large-screen television.

A small group classroom with a television and glowing dragon logo.

A true team effort

EUSD and Del Dios are incredibly grateful to the Northrop Grumman Foundation for their generous grant — thank you! However, two additional groups must also be thanked. Without their contributions, the STEM Lab would have never happened:

  • EUSD’s Facebook Followers
    In December 2016, Northrop Grumman Foundation’s Fab School Labs Facebook page hosted a one-day vote in which Del Dios competed against four other schools. We asked followers of EUSD’s Facebook page to vote for Del Dios, and it worked! Del Dios won the vote and became one of five schools nationwide to be named a finalist for the grant money.
  • EUSD’s Maintenance and Operations Staff
    If EUSD had outsourced the construction of the STEM Lab to outside companies, the cost would have far exceeded the $100,000 budget made possible by the grant. Instead, EUSD’s dedicated Maintenance and Operations crew performed all construction on the Lab, converting it from its prior use as a woodshop classroom. Their craftsmanship and attention to detail can be seen everywhere throughout the Lab.

Numerous EUSD maintenance workers stand together and smile.

“This brand-new, state-of-the-art STEM Lab at Del Dios Academy is a foundational part of EUSD’s commitment to providing Escondido’s students with quality education that prepares them for today’s and tomorrow’s careers. We are thankful to the many leaders in our community who invested in this facility to provide Escondido students and their families with top-notch STEM education.”

Luis A. Rankins-Ibarra, Ed.D.
Superintendent, EUSD

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