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Expansion project unveiled at Kent Innovation H.S.

6:30 PM, Sep 3, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- No more pencils; no more books. It's all done on electronics at Kent Innovation High School.

The school is just three years old, and it's already expanding.

Completed for the 2013-14 school year, Kent ISD unveiled its brand new 12,000 square foot expansion facility, which will serve as the new math and science wing at the school.

The primary focus for Kent Innovation High is project-based learning experience for its students, creating an environment where technology meets teamwork.

"We don't have text books," says Kym Kimber, who is the principal at Kent Innovation High School. "The students use their inquiry-based skills to solve real world problems in a group setting."

Kimber says the new expansion is the second and final phase of the school's new construction.

The school opened its doors in 2011 to 108 students. Today there are a little more than 300, with a senior class to be added in 2014-15.

The expansion includes four huge state-of-the-art classrooms, a studio and an open lab.

"Students come here for two-thirds of their day," added Kimber. "They get their core classes here - math, science, English and social studies, then they go back to their home districts for the last third of their day."

The school now has what are called "collaboration areas", which are set up like a restaurant. Booths line the walls. Students can plug in their laptop computers and their projects will then appear on a giant big screen TV that hangs in each seating area. This allows the groups of students to collaborate and it's also where Kent Innovation's "technology meets teamwork" approach is evident.

Kent Innovation High School is open to select students from every Kent County school district, from 9th to 11th grade.

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