With completion of the innovation room at Ballwin Elementary by the beginning of next school year, all 19 Rockwood elementary schools will have new innovation rooms.
"We have identified the location with the building principal and will complete work over the summer," said Rockwood Facilities Director Chris Freund.
Construction is complete on all the other elementary innovation rooms.
"I know there is still some equipment being purchased through curriculum," said Freund, "but all the other spaces are in place and complete."
The innovation rooms are designed to bring new opportunities for students and teachers.
Rockwood K-12 STEM Coordinator Bob Deneau said, "It's a space different than their normal classroom environment. Innovation rooms allow teachers and students to do some different things, be more creative and collaborative, and use equipment not available in a standard classroom. That includes more robotics, more electronics and more building. Those rooms can really be flexed and changed to meet the needs of what the teacher wants to do."
Rockwood district voters approved funding for the elementary innovation rooms in the 2017 bond issue.
"There's the robotics equipment, the 3D printing equipment, the construction tools and electronics kits," said Deneau. "They all really do offer students and teachers a unique experience to complement what they do in the classroom."
Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost said, "The innovation rooms will be great resources for our teachers to enhance creative, hands-on, critical thinking exercises for our students."