Kara Irby, Florida State University News
Florida State University Schools broke ground for a new building aimed to educate, engage and inspire their students in the areas of STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts and math, Thursday, Aug. 15.
The event welcomed dozens of FSUS students, teachers, administrators, parents and other supporters.
“We’re beyond excited to be here today to celebrate the beginning of more innovative and educational space,” said Stacy Chambers, executive director of Florida State University Schools. “Every day we work with our FSUS students to foster resilience, knowledge and human skills to bring good to the world after they leave us.”
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FSUS received $7.5 million from the Florida Legislature to create the new facility. The project was sponsored by state Rep. Loranne Ausley and state Sen. Bill Montford, who both expressed joy in seeing their work come to fruition.
“This new effort will pay dividends not just here in Tallahassee, but throughout the state,” Montford said.
Ausley focused her remarks on the other work taking place on the school’s campus — the refurbishing of the gym and cafeteria, which also serves as a special-needs shelter. The improved space will accommodate twice as many clients during major storm events.
“That is an incredible resource to our community and our state, just like this STEAM building is going to be,” Ausley said.
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“Now, more than ever, we need our students inspired and empowered to dream because the problems they’re going to have to solve don’t even exist yet. So, the future belongs to them.”