The concept of the STEM Lab began in
2011 when Sope Creek brought in a STEM rotation (once every 8 days) in a "regular classroom" taught by a dedicated STEM teacher, Kerry Lance.
Ms. Lance and members of the administration consulted outside experts and STEM schools from around the country were consulted to see how to expand the program to touch students more often than every 8 days. A special classroom space would be necessary that would simplify and encourage "hands on learning". The desire was for every teacher to be able to take learning outside of the textbook by providing a larger dedicated space with access to technology, experimental materials, and much needed "elbow room" for imaginations to soar (hence the name "Imagination Station").
The budget estimate for the renovated classroom and expanded Imagination Station space was determined to be $60,000. The Foundation began a Capital Campaign, and as a result of both contributions and the profits from the Sope Creek Spring Fever 5K/1mile, the needed funds were raised and the spaces were configured before the 2012 school