BROOKHAVEN, Ga. — Marist School has announced the launch of “STEAM 2.0,” a program that will focus on teaching students to make a positive impact through service to others. 

The program will explore the intersection of STEAM departments — science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics — with global and humane studies. 

The overarching goal of the program is to help students build empathy, the school said. 

In this way, the program aligns with the school’s strategic plan, which calls for Marist to provide a world-class education that prepares students to lead and serve with compassion, integrity and a sense of purpose. 

The centerpiece of the program is The Center for Immersive Experience and Design, an 8,000-square-foot space on the bottom floor of the Wooldridge Center, which also houses the academic center, library and technology department. 

The center will be a makerspace, a sort of open lab where students can work on robotics, 3D design and printing, virtual and augmented reality, podcasting, filmmaking, music and other STEAM projects. 

Construction on these spaces will begin in spring 2020, while work on the Center for Immersive Experience and Design will be completed during the summer. Both will be ready for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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