Fri. Dec 8th, 2023
    Construction Underway for New Innovation and Manufacturing Buildings at Traverse City High Schools

    Construction has officially commenced on the state-of-the-art Innovation and Manufacturing buildings at Traverse City West and Central High Schools. These groundbreaking ceremonies mark an important milestone in the development of spaces that cater to the academic and co-curricular needs of students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as robotics and manufacturing.

    The implementation of STEM-based education goes beyond teaching science and mathematics concepts. It emphasizes hands-on learning with real-world applications, fostering the development of a wide range of skills. Mark Skodak, TC West’s STEM instructor and robotics liaison, expressed his excitement for the positive impact these new facilities will have on the students and the community as a whole.

    Students will have the opportunity to utilize their problem-solving skills and cultivate qualities such as resilience, collaboration, creativity, and communication through various assignments and projects. With access to cutting-edge technology and dedicated spaces, students can fully immerse themselves in STEM education and gain practical experience that prepares them for future careers in these fields.

    Funded through TCAPS 2018 capital bond, the construction of the Innovation and Manufacturing buildings is scheduled for completion in December 2024. These state-of-the-art facilities will provide students with an enhanced educational experience and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary for the ever-evolving STEM industries.

    Additionally, Newton’s Road, a nonprofit organization focused on STEM-related learning and career exploration, has been actively engaging underserved populations in northern Michigan. Recently, volunteers from Newton’s Road visited Traverse Heights and Blair Elementary schools, bringing kits filled with tools and activities designed to nurture critical thinking and problem-solving abilities. By igniting children’s natural curiosity, these initiatives contribute to the cultivation of a new generation of innovative thinkers and problem solvers.


    Q: What is STEM-based education?
    A: STEM-based education emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, providing hands-on learning experiences with real-world applications.

    Q: When will the new Innovation and Manufacturing buildings be completed?
    A: The construction is expected to be completed in December 2024.

    Q: Who funded the construction of the new facilities?
    A: The construction is funded through TCAPS 2018 capital bond.

    Q: What is Newton’s Road?
    A: Newton’s Road is a nonprofit organization dedicated to STEM-related learning and career exploration for youth in northern Michigan.