LAYTON — A new outdoor classroom focusing on science will be added to North Layton Junior High thanks to a $405,000 grant from the Dept. of Defense.
The money, which will be spread out over three years, will also be used to pay for upgrading an engineering lab, hiring an academic tracker to work with students and buying iPads, document cameras and voice enhancement systems for classrooms. All improvements are designed to support education in math, science, technology and engineering.
“We’re very excited because otherwise we wouldn’t be able to afford this upgraded technology,” said Kathryn Ashton, North Layton principal.
“We’re working with kids whose entire lives are surrounded by technology and we finally have the ability to speak their language, to talk to them on their terms, to make science and engineering more applicable to their lives,” she said. “It’s fun to have big dreams and the money to accomplish the goals.”
North Layton qualified for the grant because a high percentage of its students are from military families. Ashton said about 220 of the school’s 1,000 students have one or both parents stationed at Hill AFB.