The New Science Center

Julian Passman

Staff Writer

I first heard about the new science center in eighth grade. Our teacher, Mr. Casey, eagerly told us of the magnificent items and technology that the science center would soon have. Technology such as, virtual globes that could replicate planets or even cells, smarter smart boards, and even a time machine (Unfortunately, the time-machine didn’t make the cut) were discussed. So, the building process began, slowly but surely students could see their future science classrooms come into place. It wasn’t until January when the New Year rolled around and brought the student body a giant gift.

In January 2012, the brand new Science Center was finally unveiled. Students traveled across a bridge, up some stairs, and even passed a couple middle schoolers on their way to see the new establishment. When I first stepped foot in the new science facility, the first thing I noticed were the walls. Yes, the walls. Now, these aren’t just your ordinary, bland, walls. In fact, essentially every surface is a whiteboard. Students could now do problems at any time by simply grabbing marker and writing. However, many students have used this opportunity to write, “ (insert name here) was here” on every single wall. Nonetheless, having every surface be a whiteboard is awesome.

The second remarkable part of the Science Center is the Omni Globe. Placed in the middle of the commons area, the Omni Globe is one of the school’s greatest treasures. This virtual globe can show weather and climate, ancient and historical visualizations, as well as a number of planets and their moons. Although the globe looks touchable, it isn’t. Do Not, I repeat, Do Not touch the globe, or else sirens will go off, 911 will be called, and the whole science department will become angry in a matter of seconds.

Since the Science Center is so spectacular, I wouldn’t have time to mention all the wonderful items without making this article ten pages long. However, a few other nice additions are, the lounge area, the 8-Panel TV and even our own aquarium. On a sadder note, one of the fish in the aquarium passed away this week, R.I.P Nemo.

A simple five-minute passing period is the allotted time students have to reach the fourth floor of the middle school.  Although many students complain while simultaneously stating that seven minutes seems more reasonable, the magnificent, new science center is certainly worth the extra hustle to be on time.