On Monday evening, May 6, Carpinteria High School celebrated the opening of its new science building with a ribbon cutting ceremony and science night. Including two science classrooms, a biology lab, chemistry lab and physics/engineering lab, the new science wing will be used interchangeably on a rotating, daily basis by the six CHS science teachers.
The state of the art Gen7 modular buildings are large and brightly lit with solar tube natural lighting and windows, and boast plenty of lab stations equipped with sinks, storage and gas for a range of hands-on activities and experiments. These facilities are the first of many renovations on the CHS campus thanks to funding from Measure U. The science department moved in in February 2019, and students have already been busy conducting experiments in the new rooms.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was hosted in part by the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce, who presented the CHS science department with a certificate of appreciation. Chamber President Joyce Donaldson, Mayor Wade Nomura and Carpinterian of the Year Curtis Lopez were just a few of many Carpinterians present to celebrate the grand opening. After the ceremony, CHS student science ambassadors welcomed visitors into the new lab facilities and led guests through a series of fun demonstrations and activities. A $32,000 donation from Chevron was a highlight of the evening, and will allow the purchase of new equipment such as gel electrophoresis chambers, a centrifuge, digital thermometers and more to enhance science lab experiences.