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Foxcroft Academy to overhaul science lab over the summer

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — In keeping up with the changing educational world, Foxcroft Academy has big plans in the coming months regarding the science lab. A large scale renovation is planned for the third floor science center during the summer break. The overhauled lab will include new equipment and new workstations, all with science students’ needs and safety in mind.

“It has been 28 years since the science lab has been updated,” said Arnold Shorey, head of school. “In order to better fit Foxcroft Academy’s mission, vision and guiding principles, this project will provide students with a science laboratory that better fits 21st century instruction. All science classes need a space for students to practice the scientific process of using inquiry to discover everchanging concepts.”

The science lab was last updated in 1990. At that time, work stations were added, and proper ventilation was installed. With the addition of several more science and technology based classes using the area, space and available lab time has become an issue.

“The trustees of Foxcroft Academy feel that an understanding of math and science is necessary for today’s citizens to comprehend the world around them, and is particularly necessary for many careers which will be increasingly important in the future,” said Richard Swett, MD, president of the Foxcroft Academy Board of Trustees. “Therefore, we are dedicated to providing the best science learning environment possible for our students.”

The need to renovate the science lab is practical in nature, but it will also have a big impact on the academic side of the equation.

“These lab updates demonstrate our commitment to providing our students and faculty with modern learning experiences which will prepare them for success after high school, “ said Jon Pratt, assistant head of school for academics. “After all, success in the classroom and beyond is our No. 1 priority.”

Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Tom Nason will oversee the summer project.

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FA SCIENCE LAB OVERHAUL — A large scale renovation is planned for Foxcroft Academy’s third floor science center during the summer break. The overhauled lab will include new equipment and new workstations, all with science students’ needs and safety in mind.

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