The youngest class of East Carolina University Pirates and their families gathered with the staff, faculty, and supporters of the new ECU Lab School at the Lab School Orientation and Family Picnic at South Greenville Recreation Center on Saturday, July 29.
Around 40 children and their families came out on Saturday for a day of fun, learning, and a taste of what school will be like for the first classes of Lab School students when school starts. The students were able to engage in hands-on/minds-on learning with the kind of unique STEAM, wellness, and curricular opportunities that will be available to them during the school year.
Those opportunities included operating remote-control robots, building figures, using microscopes, and interactive games. The STEAM activities were coordinated by Shawn Moore, Interim Director for the Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education. Families also received information about the wrap-around integrated health services that will be provided in the upcoming school year.
Also joining in the day were members of the ECU Lab School leadership team from the College of Education, including Dr. Grant Hayes, Dean; Dr. Elizabeth Hodge, Assistant Dean for Innovations and Strategic Initiatives; Dr. Mark L’Esperance, Chairperson of the Department of Elementary and Middle Grades Education; Dr. Alana Zambone, Associate Dean for Research; and Dr. Laura Bilbro-Berry, Director of Partnerships.
Members of the ECU leadership team were also present, including Dr. Ron Mitchelson, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dr. Angela Lamson, Associate Dean in the College of Health and Human Performance; and Dr. Bill Koch, Associate Vice Chancellor of Health and Safety. Representing the Lab School's partnership with Pitt County Schools, Pitt County Board of Education member Robert Moore also was in attendance Saturday.