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New Innovative Learning Space Unveiled at Bernalillo Public Schools

A ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 22 unveiled a groundbreaking new learning environment at the Bernalillo Middle School – Spartan Learning Academy.

District leaders say the new space is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that leverages modern advancements in artificial intelligence and physical learning to support the academic journeys of the district’s students and better equip them for the jobs and opportunities of the future.

Deputy superintendent Gwen Maldonado hailed the initiative as a historic milestone for the school district and its students. “This exemplifies our commitment to experiential and project-based learning,” she stated. “Thanks to the dedication of individuals like Nina Quintana, this vision has become a reality.”

Quintana was a key figure behind this new facility. She is the director of College, Career and Military Readiness at Bernalillo Public Schools and expressed pride in the hard work that has gone into this new facility.

“We foresaw this technological evolution and seized the opportunity to equip our students with the necessary skills,” Quintana said, explaining that jobs of the future will require students to have hands-on experience with artificial intelligence and technology.

Made possible through a collaboration of funding, a partnership with Intel and with Los Alamos National Labs Foundation, the innovative space aims to revolutionize the middle school experience by offering a holistic career-focused approach. The space includes computers for 3D imaging, an active floor, 3D printers, VR headsets, LED screens, and a printer capable of utilizing various materials.

“This space is designed to empower students to take ownership of their learning journey,” Bernalillo Public School Superintendent Matt Montano said. “It’s a hands-on environment where students can explore, innovate, and collaborate.”

School board president Paul Madrid expressed gratitude to the staff, board, and administration for their dedication to enhancing opportunities for students. “This is a student-focused endeavor,” Madrid emphasized. “It’s about providing the best possible educational experience for our children.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony drew more than 100 students to the new learning space. Among the highlights showcased was a demonstration of cutting-edge technology, with students being able to play a learning game with their feet on a digital floorboard, and interactive robots designed to enhance language learning.

A new tool at the Spartan Fab Lab is this interactive floorboard. Students can play educational games and receive interactive lessons on this electronic mat.