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Lufkin teacher creates lab combining arts and STEM topics for elementary students

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

Students at Slack Elementary are getting a hands-on approach to learning. With the help of parents, students and community members, a teacher at Lufkin ISD has created a lab for students combining arts, creativity, and STEM topics.

"It's not just pencil and paper all the time. Now we get to more technology and stuff like that," said Adam Elgendy, a third-grade student.

Elgendy is describing the new STREAM Lab.

"I like art because I can use my imagination and the microscope so I can see stuff that is cool," said Luis Alvarado, another third-grade student.

The STREAM Lab marries the topics of science, technology, engineering, and math to arts and reading.

"We are a lot of time stuck on the left side of the brain, which is the analytical and step by step process, and if we get rid of arts and creativity, then it closes the door to solutions," said Gustavo Monsante, a third-grade teacher.

 Monsante championed the behind the idea to create a classroom of the future.

"It's a platform to create. It's a platform to discover. It's a platform for you to do whatever you want to do as a teacher," Monsante said. "There's no manual, and actually we're all evolving as to what can we do with the tools that we have."

In total, the lab cost $15,000 with a grant of $5,000 from The Lufkin Education Foundation.

"I think we know that a lot of our manufacturing jobs have gone away," said Vickie Evans, executive director with the Education Foundation. "Many of the new jobs that are going to be available for these students are going to incorporate technology and creativity and learning and problem-solving."

Several students have had the opportunity to explore the lab. A formal ribbon cutting is to follow this fall.

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