“Imagine, 20 years ago, how many of us were talking about random space travel, now it’s an everyday conversation and it starts in places like this,” said Elbert Muhammad, a physicist and science teacher at Christ the King Jesuit College Prep.
In one of Chicago’s poorest neighborhoods there is a beacon of hope: stimulating students in the STEM field with a hands-on approach, from virtual reality and video games to the tools of the future.
“Just being able to design something and actually see it done in front of you is one of the most amazing things,” said Kaylin Hood, a senior at Christ the King.
Christ the King is not only preparing students for the future, he is enabling them to build it.
“When you introduce them to something like that, the energy is high and that’s what it’s all about. We keep them energized, they’re going to set the world on fire,” Muhammad said.
The school is inaugurating two new classrooms of the future: an Innovation Center and a Maker Lab.
“We are able to expose them to robotics, to programming, we have sound study over there as well. It gives them the skills, development and training that will help them prepare for college and careers down the road,” said Clem Martino , president of Christ the King.
“My favorite activity is right here in the music studio,” said Taurean Washington, a senior at Christ the King.