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During the week of April 20, Lake Ridge Elementary School hosted its annual Star Lab event for students ranging from grades one through four. Maria LaBarbera, the librarian at Lake Ridge, has directed the Star Lab since 2006.
The Star Lab cost the Johnson City School System an estimated $25,000 to buy. The Star Lab inflatable is housed at Fairmont Elementary and is shared among the other schools throughout the year. Each grade level has a set of state standards that can be covered during the Star Lab experience.
Robyn Lamb, a 3rd grade teacher at Lake Ridge, believes that the Star Lab is a great hands-on experience for students.
Samuel Moony, a fourth grade student, believes that events like Star Lab are more beneficial than sitting in a classroom.
The students anticipate the event long before it happens. LaBarbera said that students remember the Star Lab even after they’ve graduated.