VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Valdosta Middle students are getting a new STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, academy building built right in their backyard.
With all the noise and hassle of a construction site comes a new and unique opportunity for the students.
Valdosta Middle School students who may want to work in construction, engineering or mechanics may be able to get some in the field experience.
With the building of a new $4 million STEM facility, students are getting some hands-on experience in the STEM field.
Valdosta City Schools are partnering with the Barker Construction Company to make building a new site a chance for learning.
Students will learn about water and soil runoff testing, steel manufacturing and even laying concrete as it relates to the construction of the new building.
"It's not just the teachers here educating these kids, it's the whole community educating the students," said Principal Beth DeLoach.
Officials at the school are excited to be offering an opportunity for authentic learning for the students.
The new STEM facility is expected to be finished before the 2019-2020 school year.
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