ISTCS shows off new building

BLACKFOOT — All eighth-grader Annette Thelin could say about her new school building was that "it's amazing" and "it's going to rock."
Thelin, a student at Idaho Science and Technology Charter School, got to look inside the new building Thursday during an open house. She, along with several of her classmates and future ISTCS students and their parents, toured the facility, which was constructed over the past year behind the modular buildings the school once called home.
Today, the school is contained to one building and features a new technology lab, music room with piano lab and several classrooms equipped with high-tech smart boards.
"This has been a long time coming," Larsen said. "We've dreamed about it. Now it's a reality."
Larsen said the technology lab has allowed for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum to grow. Students will spend the year rotating through 12 stations including rocketing and space, weather, electricity and robots.
"It's what we envisioned from the beginning," Larsen said.
In addition, the school now has room for a 15-piano music lab. The piano lab enables music teacher JeNene Anderson to listen to an individual student or all 15 at once. Anderson also teaches strings, orchestra and choir.
"It's an integral part of our program," Larsen said.
There are 11 total classrooms. The new building also has a gymnasium and lockers.
The building was constructed by Hogan & Associates Construction of Utah.
The school is at 21 North 550 West. Its phone number is 785-7827.