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Cheltenham ES iLab Upgrades

ilab ribbon cutting(Nov. 9, 2023) Students, teachers, and families at Cheltenham Elementary celebrated upgrades this week to the iLab, the school's makerspace and STEM lab. As part of a larger districtwide grant, new furniture and equipment was installed this week. The school held a grand reopening ribbon cutting and open house event on Thursday to reveal the renovations. New seating, unique sprocket-shaped tables, and custom storage will allow for flexible groups and a variety of learning opportunities for the students at the school.

Former principal Nicolas Perez and teacher Gerald Aungst launched the iLab in 2016 to promote hands-on experiences at the school. Aungst has developed the project-based program over the past seven years to support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning. Every class in the school completes one or two week long projects a year in the iLab that emphasize design thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills. Students in grades 2-4 also rotate through the iLab during the WIN period for computer science and robotics lessons. Other K-4 schools in the district have recently adopted similar models for their STEM labs.

Others who have been instrumental in supporting the program and the renovations are CES principal Stephanie Junod, the Cheltenham Elementary PTO, CES secretary Maureen Keyser, CES head custodian Terwynn "TJ" Johnson, Dr. Brian Reilly, director of STEM, and Dr. Matthew Pimental, supervisor of gifted and professional learning.