Michigan school opens doors for high-tech educationOctober 20, 1998
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CLARKSTON, Michigan (CNN) -- A new era in education is dawning in a Detroit suburb, where Clarkston High School may serve as the prototype for high-tech schools of the future.
The new school features more than 700 computers -- one for every three students.
Even the most computer-savvy students are impressed by the 40 miles of fiber optic cables that link their studies to almost every subject imaginable.
"We've got all different things, from automotive to Doppler radar to bridge building to aerodynamics and planes. Then you get to go to another section and fly a plane," said Bryan Hart, a senior interested in engineering.
Even the music rooms in the school are high-tech, with microphones built into the ceilings so they function as recording studios.
School officials say the facility cost $58 million to construct, about $13 million more than a traditional school, but they expect to reap big benefits.
"Since we just moved into our new building, we anticipate the test scores will go up. We know they'll go up," said Brent Cooley, principal of Clarkston High School.
Teachers are also giving the high-tech facility high marks.
"I think the computer makes you more creative," said writing teacher Linda Denstaedt. "It allows more play, more wonder ... and the students seem more willing to rework, to rethink."
Reporter Mike Collins contributed to this report.
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