|The oceanography and geosystems lab.|
The research wing is part of a $65 million renovation project funded by a school construction bond passed by voters in 2011. The TJ Partnership Fund raised $3 million to provide an enhanced technology infrastructure and scientific equipment.
|Seniors Maddie Zug (left) and Anna Tursi, both from McLean, are working on a project for a robotics competition.|
Following a ribbon cutting, TJHSST students took the guests on a tour of the new facilities, which include 13 research labs in such areas as robotics, biotechnology, nanochemistry, computer systems, energy systems, microelectronics, mobile and web application development, neuroscience, oceanography, quantum physics and optics, and prototyping and engineering materials. An astronomy and astrophysics lab isn’t completed yet.
|Senior Sharen Arkalgud (right), from Herndon is working with his classmates on developing mobile apps.|
While extolling the high-tech features of TJ, FCPS Superintendent Karen Garza said, “We are committed to supporting the unique needs of every single school.”
TJHSST Principal Evan Glazer said the improvements are intended to support the school’s mission to promote joy at the prospect of discovery and a culture of innovation. Instead of long narrow hallways, there are collaborative learning spaces, and lockers are being replaced with cubbyholes for backpacks.
|The school's entrance is a work in progress.|
|In the microelectronics lab, senior Jacob Holton from Ashburn is working on near-field communications technology, which is used to power the new Apple Pay system.|
TJHSST is a Regional Governor’s School for Science and Technology, which means it receives additional state funding and accepts students from Arlington, Loudoun, and Prince Williams counties and the City of Falls Church, as well as Fairfax County.
|New equipment still needs to be installed in the nanochemistry lab.|
The Coalition of the Silence, an organization that advocates for educational equity for minorities, filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Education in 2012 alleging discrimination in the process used by FCPS for identifying students as eligible for advanced academic programs, which is a key pipeline for TJ admissions. Those charges are being investigated by the the Education Department’s Office of Civil Rights.