LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - "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.