New tech equipment a big help

Thanks to the Boston Celtics and Southern New Hampshire University, students at Fairgrounds Elementary School have a new science and technology lab, complete with Chromebooks, iPads, green screen equipment, 3D pens and printers and Code-a-Pillars.

This is the 12th technology lab created in New Hampshire and Massachusetts on behalf of the Celtics and the university. The drive behind opening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) labs is to increase the access to technology for students. The labs are designed to help students build skills in various problem-solving areas, such as coding and research.

Twenty-five third, fourth and fifth-grade students are involved the program. One such student is fifth-grader Giovanna DePaula.

“If we have more activities, it makes the brain stronger. The brain doesn’t get stronger by itself,” the enthusiastic youngster told our reporter.

Another media outlet on Thursday referred to the Fairgrounds school as “inner-city.” Though we are not exactly sure what the outlet meant by this characterization, Fairgrounds is one of Nashua’s Title 1 schools.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, a Title 1 school is one in which at least 40 percent of the students are from low-income families.

Considering this fact, the importance for the children gaining access to this equipment is magnified. It is likely many of them would not, otherwise, have access to such state-of-the-art learning tools.

“The reality is, a lot of these kids don’t have access to technology that they need to be successful in the workplace and beyond in the next 10, 15, or 20 years. Seeing all these young people enjoying themselves and learning, it’s really special,” University spokeswoman Lauren Keane told our reporter.

We thank the Celtics and Southern New Hampshire University for helping give our local students a chance for a brighter future.