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South Side Middle School opens new high-tech lab
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Music teacher Anna Elias-Bonet demonstrated how the new equipment and programs in the lab make teaching music more innovative and exciting.

“The beautiful part about the computer is … that generally, the fine motor skills that they need to draft the cars are not fully developed,” LaManna said. “Some of them are very good at it, others can’t design a concept at all, and by putting it on a computer, it really allows the lower-achieving students to design a nice car and the higher-achieving students to take it a step further. It really produces a product that I’ve never seen before.”

Another technology teacher, Adam Mills, passed around small plastic snowflakes, dreidels and dice to show how the students can use a new three-dimensional printer to design and create items, similar to the way products are mass-produced.

Technology teacher Gary Sliva demonstrated the myriad ways in which students can alter photographs, as well as how they can use a program called Yenka to test the creation of circuit boards.

“I think it’s great,” said Education Foundation President Ron Carman. “Brian [Zuar] and [Assistant Superintendent] Chris [Pellt-tieri], who were the architects of this lab, they’re visualizing the new type of learning that people as old as me don’t understand. Just coming here, you see the capabilities and the potentialities, and it’s fabulous.”


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