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New North Royalton High School Science Lab Planned
New North Royalton High School Science Lab Planned for Start of 2016-17 School Year Thanks to Breakthrough Junior Challenge Winner Ryan Chester

Thanks to North Royalton High School Senior Ryan Chester winning the international Breakthrough Junior Challenge science video competition this past fall, the high school is receiving $100,000 towards a new science lab.

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge partnered with Cold Springs Harbor Lab Group on Long Island to provide the $100,000 Lab award to North Royalton High School. Since 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Lab Group is a private, not-for-profit research and education institution that specializes in molecular biology and genetics. The school hopes to open the lab for the beginning of the 2016-17 school year.

The lab will be located in the 200 wing of the high school. This location is the most appropriate spot because of proper electrical supply, water, drainage and possibly natural gas. The science department teachers are collaborating with the scientist from Cold Springs Harbor to design a lab that will most likely be a biology and honors biology 2 labs. It will also open up the possibility of teaching a biotech or molecular genetics course in the future. The administration is making plans with Cold Springs Harbor Labs to provide NRHS science teachers with professional development in specific strategies and methodologies to make these new opportunities a possibility in the future.

“We also realize that an opportunity like this doesn’t come around too often and we are trying to be strategic with the award and provide not only a state-of-the-art lab, but also enhance all of our science courses with new equipment and technology where appropriate,” said Sean Osborne, principal of North Royalton High School. “For instance, we would like to outfit our Physics labs with additional instruments, probes, sensors and apparatus rigging. Our Chemistry courses would be outfitted with probes and sensors as well as other much needed equipment.”

“We would like to thank Ryan Chester and his family for participating in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge competition. I would also like to thank Ryan’s teachers. I’ll paraphrase Mr. Rick Nestoff as he was speaking to the high school faculty in December. It is not because of any one teacher that Ryan had; but because of the collective of teachers that influenced Ryan over his years in the North Royalton School District and the influence of his family and friends, that Ryan has become the person that he is today,” said Osborne.