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Yuma High School announces science lab renovation

Yuma High School announced a science labYHS science lab renovation renovation project at the Yuma Union High School District Governing Board Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14. 

“The new labs will help us keep up with the competition and learn more than we ever could have before,” YHS student Jessica Cardenas said. “The new science labs are a big step towards the quality of our learning.”

The goal is to start the renovation in October 2022 and have it completed by the beginning of the 2023-24 school year. One floor at a time will be renovated to ensure that student instruction is not disrupted.

"Remodeling our science rooms will create modern functional spaces that promote student-centered learning,” YHS Principal Michael Fritz said. 

The renovated space will be more modern, open, and college-like. Classrooms will not be split into a classroom and a lab, instead, they will be large, flexible spaces. Outdated lab stations will be replaced with mobile lab stations and there will be student collaboration spaces to be shared amongst science students to allow for work on independent projects, small group instruction, student-led inquiry, and student-led collaboration. 

“It will allow us to use more student-paced activities and give students freedom to truly demonstrate their learning in multiple ways,” YHS science teacher Marelis Rivera said. “We will have much more flexibility and be able to creatively meet our student learning needs."

Lesley Avila