LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin High School's cafeteria was filled with robots, gadgets and ice cream made in a matter of seconds out of liquid nitrogen on Monday night.
It was all part of the district's first ever Learning and Innovation Showcase. The showcase featured work from students across the district and from multiple grades. All the work came from classes in the STEM program. The event was put on as a way to encourage students to get involved with the different programs as well as show off what they have learned.
The district also announced a new summer camp program that is for students in every grade level. The Lufkin Innovation Camp will be dived by grade levels and offers computer programing classes for students as early as kindergarten. The camp is a collaboration between Microsoft and the district. The camp's have been put on in Europe but not in the U.S. Lufkin will be the first district in the U.S. to offer the camps. Microsoft will even be on hand to film a documentary about the camp.
Refranz Davis, Executive Director of professional and Digital Learning, said that the district will not have any cost and the students will be able to walk away with a small personal computer designed for computer programming.
"When I say they will cover it, I mean they will cover everything," Davis said. "They were excited when i met with them and showed what we are doing. They want to take what we've done so other schools can duplicate it. we plan to let others learn from what we've done that have limited access and are not in the big cities at no cost to our students."
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