With financial support from an Ohio Straight A Fund grant and funds from other donors, The Springfield City School Distirct 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 Dome: Springfield's Center of Innovation, opened August 6th, 2015.
The north and central parts of the building, accessed through the north-facing CareerConnectED entrance, offer unique spaces for students to explore their interests through experiential and blended learning. These spaces include:
Youth also have access to a wood shop, a welding lab, and a bike shop through the YOUmedia and make:springfield programs.
Centrally located within the building, Springfield City School District's John Legend Theater and its lobby spaces can be reached through several entrances, including the Theater's own east-facing entrance on Clifton Street.
The CareerConnectED entrance also provides access to Springfield City School District's blended learning program, OnCourse K-12, it's Hispanic Outreach Program, and the offices for several SCSD staff members. An extensive suite of well-equipped meeting rooms are used for community groups and for educator professional development.
Specialized food and bioscience laboratories operated by Clark State Community College are also accessible via the CareerConnectED entrance.
The southern part of the building, with its own glass entrance, is leased to the Global Impact STEM Academy (GISA), an independent, state-chartered regional STEM school which focuses on AgBioscience and serves grades 7-12.
The photo below was taken during construction in the summer of 2014:
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. Programs at the Dome focus on developing student's success skills while they explore topics of interest.
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!
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2:30 to 7:00 pm
School break and summer hours vary.
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.