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Greenwood dedicates new Science Scholars’ Laboratory May 8

Friday, May 4, 2012

Greenwood Lab School at Missouri State University will host an open house to dedicate the new Greenwood Science Scholars’ Laboratory at 6 p.m. May 8. Donors will be honored with the unveiling of a unique donor wall immediately prior to the open house.

“This wing has been made possible by donations totaling more than 2 million dollars,” said Greenwood Principal Janice Duncan. “We couldn’t have completed this much needed expansion without the generosity of our friends and donors.”

The new 9,000 square foot science wing includes two 1,800 square foot state-of-the-art lab/classrooms with associated storage space, two study atriums, faculty offices and a large student atrium.

“The equipment and facilities are helping our students maintain their excellent performance in the sciences,” said Tim Rosenbury, project architect. “We have been really impressed by the level of involvement from the parents, faculty and staff of Greenwood.”

The two classroom labs are named for influential science instructors in Greenwood history – Dr. Efton R. (Heavy) Henderson, who taught at Greenwood from 1926 to 1966, and Robert J. McLaren, who followed from 1966 and retired in 1991. Greenwood alumni from these eras will remember the quality of instruction and mentorship provided by these two educators.

“When I heard of this honor being bestowed upon on me by the alumni, I was overwhelmed,” McLaren said. “I could not help but get a big lump in my throat and more than just a tear in my eye. For a teacher to be so honored by past students and families is more than can easily be comprehended.”

Greenwood students, Missouri State students and science professors, and Summer Science Scholars Academy students from Springfield and across the state, will benefit from the science education and research opportunities available. The latest teaching techniques and exploration of the science of medicine, as well as other areas of science education, will be emphasized.

Greenwood Lab School students annually win Ozarks Science and Engineering Fair competitions. Many of their projects are based on scientific medical research.

“Generations of Greenwood graduates have become science and medical professionals,” said Duncan. “As an inquiry-based university laboratory school, our mission is to continue to pursue advanced educational techniques, especially in the area of science. With the addition of this facility and the remodeled original biology classroom and laboratory for elementary students, Greenwood and Missouri State can now offer an educational science atmosphere that is unique to this region.”

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