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Chester County School Unveils New Multimillion Dollar Science Center

By Brad Segall

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The Westtown School in Chester County will take the wraps off its new multimillion dollar science center Saturday afternoon during a Science Day at its 600-acre campus just outside West Chester.

The numbers really tell the story, 25 percent of the students who graduate from Westtown go on to major in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math subjects or STEM.

The national average is just ten percent.

So, the school made a commitment to take that curriculum to another level on campus with a new $13 million Science Center.

Teacher Steve Compton is also Director of the Westtown Science Institute.

He says, "As the school continued to grow and technologies and new ways of doing research continued to grow really the school made a strong decision that STEM fields and training in STEM was an extremely important place for us to lead."

Some of the projects the kids are working on now he says include a new walker for geriatric patients and a water testing submarine to measure the water quality in the lake on campus.

He says the new building means new avenues for action-based science.

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