Video of Phillips 66 Innovation Labs

posted Mar 30, 2016, 6:59 PM by District Webmaster   [ updated Mar 30, 2016, 7:52 PM ]

Phillips 66 Innovation Labs in Bartlesville Public Schools

Phillips 66 has released a video about the Phillips 66 Innovation Labs being built at all three of the secondary schools in the Bartlesville Public School District by means of a $1.7 million Signature Community Initiative grant from the company. The labs are supporting the expansion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) courses across grades 6-12.

New Innovation labs opened in 2015 at Bartlesville High School and Madison Middle School; the new labs at Central Middle School will open once the large-scale remodel of that school site is completed. The lab designs are by Bartlesville's Ambler Architects and Nabholz is constructing the labs at each site.

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Bartlesville High School's Phillips 66 Innovation Labs

Phillips 66 Innovation Labs: IT Lab at Bartlesville High School


At the high school, the 1956 basement cafeteria was no longer needed when a new cafeteria/commons opened in August 2015. So the grant completely renovated the former cafeteria space into three Phillips 66 Innovation Labs, consisting of an advanced computing lab, presentation room, and projects laboratory to serve four new courses in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM):
  • Betty Henderson
    Science: Science Research course where juniors and seniors develop independent original research projects and enter them into competitions. This course is being taught by veteran BHS science teacher Betty Henderson, who is a member of the Oklahoma Science Fair Hall of Fame and has for decades mentored Bartlesville students in award-winning projects at the district, state, and national levels, including several that led to patents.
  • Technology
    Jeremy Hanks
    Exploring Computer Science course which introduces students in grades 9-12 to the field through an exploration of engaging and accessible topics, including computational practices of algorithm development, problem solving and programming within the context of problems that are relevant to the lives of today's students. BHS math teacher Jeremy Hanks brings his expertise with computers to this course. He will be adding a new course, Project Lead the Way's Computer Science Principles, in 2016-2017.
  • Engineering
    David Ayres
    Introduction to Engineering Design course where freshmen apply math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects, working both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3D modeling software. Students can follow-up this course in the later grades with additional related engineering coursework in Project Lead the Way at Tri County Technology Center. This course is being taught by veteran BHS science teacher David Ayres, who has a degree in engineering.
  • Mathematics
    Warren Neff
    Advanced Math Applications course for students in grades 10-12 with topics such as signal processing, array design, solid earth modeling, matrix inversion, field modeling, and much more. This course is being taught by veteran math teacher Warren Neff, who brings his extensive industry experience to bear. Warren has also been working to bring local industry professionals to address the various STEM classes, and help arrange tours of local STEM-related firms.

Middle School Phillips 66 Innovation Labs

At each of the two middle schools, two separate areas are being remodeled into Innovation Labs. A suite of rooms at each site is designated for that school's Gateway to Technology program, which offers students the opportunity to apply the design process to model and solve problems and trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems using the VEX Robotics platform.

The grant is also funding at each middle school the creation of a second computing lab and a projects lab.

Project Lead the Way

Madison Middle School

At Madison Middle School, the Gateway to Technology suite includes a computing laboratory, student work room, and fabrication room. The course is taught by Steve Nett in 2015-2016.

Although Mr. Nett is retiring this year, the program will double in size in 2016-2017 with courses taught by Shannon McKinney and Rachel Hough. The two new Gateway to Technology teachers will have a total of eight rooms, including two computing labs and two student work rooms, for six different Gateway modules they will be offering to students across grades 6-8.

Central Middle School

Central Middle School's original campus is undergoing a complete renovation and expansion. New Phillips 66 Innovation Labs are being constructed on the ground floor and top floor. The former band room and adjacent areas on the top floor are being remodeled for Gateway to Technology courses taught by Darin Messerli. This includes a computing lab and a combination work room/fabrication room.

A former shop area on the ground floor, which had been two separate classrooms in recent years, is being fully remodeled into a computing lab at one end and a science projects lab at the other end. The computing lab, along with a large work room on the fourth floor, will be available for three additional Gateway to Technology courses taught by Lolly Williams.