When the Town of Plainfield’s Parks and Recreation staff no longer needed the Clarks Creek Natatorium, school officials began thinking about how to best repurpose the space, and the Imagination Lab was born.
The Imagination Lab will be a destination for all PCSC elementary students.Their minds will be expanded through imaginative, hands-on experiences, and they will explore concepts that will lead to careers not yet in existence.
The real impetus behind the center came from Superintendent Scott Olinger. “We have excellent students, taught by excellent teachers. We perform well on state tests. But what happened to the joy in learning?”
This question became a challenge put forth by Scott over the course of the last year. “State-mandated standards and tests won’t go away anytime soon, but in Plainfield, we want children to be excited about learning.”
The dollars have been approved and work began this spring. And in August of 2018, students will experience the benefit of hands-on, experiential learning that encourages creativity and risk.