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High School’s STREAM Dream Comes True

December 19th 2019

This article originally published on Bishop Noll Institute’s website.

Bishop Noll secured its place as a leader in STEM on November 8 when it unveiled its $1.45 million STREAM Lab. During the grand opening event, administrators, faculty, staff and friends of Bishop Noll explored the new spaces where current and future Warriors will study science, technology, engineering and math with art and religion components.

“Many months of planning have gone into this and we are thrilled to get to this point,” Bishop Noll President Paul Mullaney said at the ribbon cutting. He explained that the vision for the STREAM Lab started when Bishop Noll Principal Lorenza Jara Pastrick visited STEM labs throughout Indiana.

“She is a visionary,” Mullaney said. “She knew we had this space, which was used but really underutilized. The wheels started turning. We are grateful for her to bring forth the vision … Our STEM program existed, following the Project Lead the Way curriculum, but this was the thing that was going to propel us forward.”

New spaces now available to students include a learning studio and design lab, with flexible seating allowing them to work collaboratively; a makerspace for more hands-on work and creating prototypes based on original designs; and a prototype studio to build models and use larger equipment to build final products for display. In addition, they have access to multiple 3D printers and 30 computers with AutoCAD engineering software.

“Today we cut the ribbon to a beautiful facility and a great upgrade to Bishop Noll,” said Pastrick, who joined Mullaney in thanking the many donors who made the renovation possible. “As I think about the ribbon cutting, I can’t help but realize a vision come true for the students of BNI … it has paved the way for students to receive greater educational opportunities.”

The innovative STREAM Lab was constructed in the former Whelan Activity Center, a multipurpose space created when the school pool was filled in in 2010. The pool had been closed since 1995 due to structural problems.