Douglas High School To Host STEM Center Open House April 22

Posted By on April 20, 2017

by Joey Crandall, joey@carsonvalleytimes.com · 2 min read

MINDEN, Nev. — Since its completion heading into the 2016 school year, the Dr. Lisa Noonan STEM Center has become a veritable hub of activity on the Douglas High School campus, not to mention the face of the school.

“It’s probably one of the questions I get the most out in the community,” Douglas High principal Marty Swisher said. “’What exactly do we have in there?’ People wish they can come down and see what it’s like inside.”

This weekend, the community will get that opportunity.

An open house for the STEM center is scheduled for Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon.

Facing Highway 88 at the front of the campus, the two-story building is home to the school’s science, technology engineering and mathematics programs – containing four fully outfitted science labs, two computer labs, a flex lab (or project room), six classrooms and a classroom and study room for special education students to access classes both in the building or elsewhere on campus.

“A high percentage of our students have one or more classes in the STEM building during their four years at Douglas High,” Swisher said.

Courses housed within the building run the gamut from math standards like calculus, statistics and trigonometry to trailblazing offerings such as computer-integrated manufacturing, biomedical science and computer science principles.

Swisher said state grant funding has allowed the school to expand program offerings.

“Governor Sandoval came down to see our facilities about a year ago and part of what he saw was that with this center we are able to provide exciting opportunities for our students,” Swisher said. “It’s critical not just for the students themselves and the local economy but for the state as a whole as Nevada continues to bring in big technology-based companies with cutting-edge jobs.”

Swisher added that the school also offers expanded programs in business, marketing, agricultural science, auto technology, culinary arts, digital photography, graphic design, JROTC, web design and welding/fabrication.

“Students who participate in these programs develop employability skills, learn valuable industry skills, apply what they are learning in English, math, social studies and science to their activities and graduate with opportunities to enter the work force and pursue further education,” Swisher said.

Through a national program entitled “Project Lead The Way,” the high school is offering Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering, and Computer Integrated Manufacturing. More on those courses can be found here.

Douglas also offers Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, and Medical Interventions and Computer Science 1 and Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles.

The school also maintains a robust set of advanced and honors STEM classes, including Honors Pre Calculus and Trigonometry, Advanced Placement Statistics, and Advanced Placement Calculus.  We also offer Advanced Placement Environmental Science, Advanced Placement Biology, Advanced Placement Chemistry, and Advanced Placement Physics.

Douglas High School is located at 1670 Highway 88 in Minden. For more information, visit http://dhs.dcsd.net/.