Leadership in STEM initiatives that address differences in learning styles and incorporate innovative and robust technological programs are centerpieces of Bishop Dunne’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, Opening Doors.
In an effort to achieve the goals of the strategic plan and to better serve our students, the science labs are being renovated and new equipment installed for a kinesthetic approach to learning.
The first renovated lab, the chemistry lab, was funded through four grants and the Annual Fund:
Haggerty Foundation: $150,000
Hillcrest Foundation: $50,000
Staubach Family: $15,000
Rauch Foundation: $5,000
In addition, alumni from the class of ’75 raised $10,000 to help fund materials and equipment for the chemistry lab.
The Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Family Foundation Chemistry Lab has made a big difference in the lives of Bishop Dunne science teachers and their students. Thanks to the Haggerty Family Foundation, the Bishop Dunne Class of 1975, the Hillcrest Foundation, the Rauch Foundation, and the Roger and Marianne Staubach Family Foundation, the school renovated the lab in the summer of 2015. Students now have up-to-date equipment, technology, and materials to conduct experiments and collect data. New sinks and plumbing, more storage, and a prep room with a new hood are just some of the new additions. Students also have new iPads mounted at each station in the lab.
Total project cost for the next science lab to be built, the Animal Well-being Lab, is estimated at $187,017. Additional classroom supplies, new windows, and a doorway to lead outside would be an additional $70,000.
The final three science labs to be built include a Biology Lab, Environmental and Life Sciences Lab, and a Robotics and Physics Lab. Each have detailed building plans ready and waiting for funding.
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