MEMPHIS, Tennessee (localmemphis.com) – The goal of a new $ 15 million facility is to provide better education in science, technology, engineering and …
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (localmemphis.com) – The goal of a new $ 15 million facility is to bring top-quality science, technology, engineering and math education to Frayserarea through the Memphis Business Academy .
More than half of the current Harmony Plaza shopping center in Frayser is already being renovated to make way for the new Memphis STEM Academy. MBA hosted a kickoff celebration on Tuesday afternoon where they “snapped” at the future school site.
The new facility is moving from a small space in an old church down the street to a more state-of-the-art facility, MBA executives said.
“We are considering a resource center for parents. We have a new library which we do not currently have. We have something as simple as a multi-purpose room where our kids can interact with each other, ”said LaWanda Clark, Director of Memphis Stem Academy.
Clark said the school will also have four STEM labs with high ceilings for students to build drones.
“It’s important because there are jobs right now as we talk about flying drones. It’s amazing, so they come out of this community further than many places in this state, ”said Anthony Anderson, Founder / CEO of Memphis Business Academy.
Both Anderson and Clark said the hope is to start young students with STEM educational skills beyond the use of a smart phone. Skills, they said, that can take them to college, high school, and their future careers.
“We’re focusing on science, technology, engineering and math for jobs and careers that haven’t been invented yet, but we’re also creating a pipeline to prepare them for middle and high school,” said Clark.
Anderson added that it was important for MSA to stay in Frayser, a community he said is a source of economic growth. He hopes that improving the space for the school will continue to improve Frayser, such as increasing property values for the people who live there.
“Our first goal is to have a positive impact on this community,” he said.
A great team of investors came together to make the $ 15 million installation a reality. Clark said it should be finished in nine months and ready to open for the next school year.