MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring High School Principal Brian Davis has announced the district has received a grant for an E.A.S.T. Lab at the school.
Davis said the grant is for $100,000 from the state with the school kicking in $25,000 for the new lab.
E.A.S.T. stands for Environmental Spatial Technology Lab. "Several teachers from here, Mark Taylor, Rose Estes, Kim Ragsdale and myself, recently traveled to Harrisburg High School for a demonstration on how the lab works," Davis said.
The lab will be an elective high school course and open to all students.
Davis said the lab will not have a teacher but a facilitator and it will be a community service, technology based class.
"The students in this class will have the capability to team up with a local business and get hands on experience. One of the projects we were shown at Harrisburg is their E.A.S.T. Lab class kept the school's Web site designed," Davis said.
Viola High School has an E.A.S.T. Lab and Ashley Lewis is the class facilitator. She said Viola has had the lab since 2000 and she has been the facilitator the last three years.
"The students in the lab get to pick their own projects. Last year we did a summer program with GPS equipment. We mapped the town of Viola and gave the new maps to the fire department. We have worked with local businesses and 4-H groups. These students learn a lot of skills through this lab," Lewis said.
Another project the E.A.S.T. Lab students did at Viola was during the fall festival when they worked with the local sheriff's department and had a safety booth.
"Officers came in and finger printed some of the younger kids at the festival. The students all loved it, learned a lot and had a lot of fun," she said.
Davis said he and the other teachers will be going to a workshop this month to learn more about the lab.
"We are real excited about the program but we still have a lot to learn," Davis said.