Champion creates Flash Zone

School uses former media center in learning

CHAMPION — Champion High School turned a former media center into the Flash Zone, offering students the latest technology and equipment for classroom learning.

A goal of the Flash Zone is to help students discover and define their career paths, officials said.

High School Principal John Grabowski said the Flash Zone includes computers, electronic books, Chromebooks, work tables, movable whiteboards and tables, a 3-D printer, vinyl printer and other equipment for science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities and learning.

He said the Flash Zone also includes an audio and recording room for creating broadcasts and music, and a green screen for producing short films and video. Students are able to use the room to code a program, record data, learn problem-solving skills and operate software.

“The room offers endless possibilities for learning. Any teacher can use the room. We have some who use it regularly including an art class,” Grabowski said.

He said he has seen students using the tables for drawing projects for art class. There is a computer lab for printing and digital art.

A series of paintings by students on a wall show how they have used technology over the years, from elementary school, when they plant trees, to graduation from high school.

Johnny Lipp, 17, a junior, said students can work on class projects and assignments together for different subjects.

Zachary Toth, 16, a junior, said the room is quieter than the classrooms, with more items to use, including Chromebooks.

Grabowski said one room is used by a journalism class for morning announcements. Students are able to edit the video.

Rebecca Baxter, a science teacher at the high school, said her students are able to use the 3-D printer and a vinyl cutter.

Plans are to also add a scientific kiln to allow students to smelt metal, melt glass, make ceramics and experiment with plastics.

Baxter said the room offers learning in science and trade skills careers.

She said the skills the students use in the room can be utilized in different aspects of their lives.

Plans are underway for the elementary school to also have a similar room geared toward that age group.

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