Smart Lab puts Grady ISD on the map

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TARZAN -- A local school district is setting themselves apart with a brand new technology center.

Grady ISD installed a Smart Lab. The technical term is a STEM lab, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

There are only two Smart Labs in the state of Texas and Grady ISD is proud to claim one of them. The other is located in Ferris, Texas.

Students are diving into coding, Photoshop, computer graphics and architecture. The students team up in pairs of two learning and creating on a level much different from a typical 7th grade textbook.

"It just gives them a sense of pride and also lets them see there are things out there that we wouldn't be exposed to otherwise,” Grady Independent School Principal Gary Jones said.

Students like 13-year-old Ashlynn Peugh want to be a Neurosurgeon and the Smart Lab is setting the foundation.

“I think it’s cool to have at school because it’s different than any other school,” Peugh said.

Right now, 6th through 8th graders go to the lab every day and 3rd through 5th graders go every three days.

The goal is to eventually get the lab to the high school level.

The Smart Lab was made possible thanks to a $200,000 donation from QEP Resources.