With financial support from an Ohio Straight A Fund grant and funds from other donors, the Consortium renovated the former Springfield South High School at 700 S. Limestone Street to create an innovative learning hub designed for educators, students, and community members. The building, renamed The Springfield Center of Innovation: The Dome, opened August 6th, 2015.
The Southern wing is now the permanent home for the Global Impact STEM Academy (GISA), a regional STEM school, which opened in a temporary space in 2013. The Northern wing, known as the CareerConnectED Center, houses specialized food and bioscience laboratories designed by Clark State Community College, future manufacturing and computer science training spaces, and offices for Springfield City School District staff supporting grant-related programs.
Spaces for students to explore their interests are clustered in the center part of the building. These will include a Makerspace, primarily for middle school students and a YOUmedia Learning Lab—a 21st century teen learning space—under the iconic dome.
College and career readiness means that a high school graduate has the knowledge and skills to be successful in college, career and life. All students need to be academically and socially prepared to compete for good jobs in the global economy. The CareerConnectED College and Career Readiness program uses tools including Naviance, the EPIC CampusReady survey to show students the link between what they are learning and future work.
The goal of the CareerConnectED Center College and Career Readiness program is to provide the critical support students need as they prepare to meet the current needs and anticipate the future workforce demands. Students and parents can attend workshops, individual and small-group advising, and college and career events. Watch our calendar for upcoming opportunities!
Explore. Experiment. Create.
YOUmedia Springfield Learning Lab is an open, flexible, and highly creative space where teens can “hang out, mess around, and geek out” with the support of mentors and community partners. High school students from Springfield High School, Shawnee High School, Global Impact STEM Academy and the Springfield Clark Career Technology Center can participate in three ways:
• “Hang out” with friends in social spaces such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
• “Mess around” or tinker with digital media, making simple videos, playing online games
• “Geek out” to explore your core interests
Come to YOUmedia Springfield and see what we have to offer!
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2:00 to 8:00 pm
Saturday noon to 4:00 pm.
A MakerSpace is a place where students of all ages can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. MakerSpaces encourage students to design and build things they are curious about, collaborate with others, and create inventions that spring from their imagination. Makers are artists, engineers, hackers, painters, woodworkers, tinkerers, crafters, inventors, bakers, graphic designers and more!
The CareerConnectED Makerspace is equipped with a laser engraver, 3D printer, CNC router, and a vast collection of tools, materials and supplies. The MakerSpace will be opening soon with events, workshops and activities to create a community of possibility.
For more information on MakerSpaces, click here.
The Dr. David C. Estrop Professional Learning Suite is a state-of-the-art space dedicated to teacher development and ongoing education. This regional collaborative space is a place where teachers from all four consortium districts can join forces to incorporate problem-based learning and success skills into their instruction, attend seminars and workshops, and cultivate new ideas. The Professional Learning Suite includes a large meeting space that seats 100, three smaller break-out and conference rooms, and a kitchen area for catering and food preparation.
Check out the Springfield News-Sun article for more information: Teacher training center named for retiring Springfield superintendent
The Greater Springfield CareerConnectED Center is designed to provide engaging, hands-on learning environments for educators and students to explore college and career pathways, and offer professional learning spaces and resources for educators and community partners.
Several areas of the Center are slated to open in August 2015.
As we approach the end of the renovation process, we look forward to keeping you up to date on how you can get involved in using the Center and its many 21st century learning resources.