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Celebrating One Year of Academic X-Ploration

by Joseph Martucci '24, Communications Corps
Xaverian Brothers High School is celebrating a successful first academic year for the X-Ploration Center, which was constructed during the summer of 2020 and was ready for use at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. 

The X-Ploration Center was built as a way to increase hands-on learning opportunities and to provide students with access to new technologies and opportunities for creative problem solving. The Center enables students to demonstrate their knowledge of the curriculum through activity-based learning, using the abundant resources available, ranging from 3-D printers and laser cutters to larger workshop-style tables, and even green screens for superimposing backgrounds during video production, all under the supervision of Mr. Ryan Howard,  Director of the X-Ploration Center.

Mr. Howard is a veteran science teacher with nearly 20 years of experience at Xaverian. He was appointed Director of the X-Ploration Center in the spring of 2020 and was instrumental in building out the space. “In this new role, I’ve been able to watch as students have learned how to use new tools and instruments, and have been truly excited about what they are learning. Seeing the creativity of our faculty and our students has been so gratifying.”

From students building aquaponic gardens to English classes creating 3-D models of the island in Lord of the Flies, and furniture building to newscast creation, the X-Ploration Center has quickly become a new favorite spot on campus. We can’t wait to see all that is to come for the X-Ploration Center’s second year.
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