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JUL-AUG 2017

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19 s cotlandville m agnet High s chool recently hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school's new l eaving the l eaf on stem Garden. t he garden was funded by an e xxon m obil grant to the Foundation for e B r s chools. t he proj- ect was facilitated by the s cotlandville High s chool for e ngineering Professionals a dvisory c ouncil with support from industry partners. u nder the supervision of Beatrice a rvie, magnet program students designed and built the garden as a culminating project. Stakeholders gathered last month to participate in an unveiling ceremony for the garden's various features. Each graduating class from 2017-2020 took on an area of the garden as a grade-level project. Areas covered included a flower and butterfly garden, a walking path and seating area, a mural and garden arbor and an irrigation and water feature. Over the course of the last school year, each grade-level assembled a project team to engage in the engineering design process as they brainstormed, planned and implemented their space. The resulting garden was unveiled to the public and stakeholders in a student-led ceremony. At the event, the students detailed the process, obstacles and lessons learned for each phase of the project before unveiling the features. Today, the space has been transformed into a beautiful garden, pathway and seating area and a water feature to attract colorful birds and butterflies. The water feature provides a soothing atmosphere where students will be able to sit on donated benches and enjoy the wildlife attracted to the area. The brick pathway is engraved with the names of donors, alumni and supporters of the school. A late addition to the project included the painting and installation of a unique mural by The Walls Project. The mural incorporated elements of the students' views on living in the Scotlandville community, including the role of engineering, the environment and their school. The mural was led by artist Marc Verret. The High School for Engineering Professions program at Scotlandville was founded in 1983 and the school continues to earn the prestigious designation of being named a "Distinguished Academy of Engineering" by the National Academy Foundation (NAF). This project brought together students from across disciplines to engage in a school- wide effort. s cotlandville m agnet High l eaving l eaf on s tem

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