RALEIGH, N.C. — Education leaders held a groundbreaking Thursday at N.C. State's Centennial Campus for a state-of-the-art research, development and outreach facility that is the first of its kind in the state.
The Friday Institute will work to create innovative teaching and learning solutions for students across the state, especially in the rural areas. It is designed to quicken the pace of researching and disseminating the best educational practices.
"A lot of it will involve better ways of using technology, new tools, new ways of teaching complex science concepts," said Kathryn Moore, dean of the N.C. State University's College of Education.
"In North Carolina, we want to make sure that opportunities for students are of high quality," state superintendent Mike Ward said.
Teachers and students of all grades across the state will be able to visit the facility physically. They will also be connected virtually.
"Part of the facility is designed for workshop spaces and small conferences, but also very high-tech video streaming capability. It will have a small television studio to prepare material," Moore said.
The facility is named for the former president of the UNC system Bill Friday and his wife, Ida. The Friday Institute is a private venture. Officials have already raised $6 million of the $9.2 million needed to build and equip the facility.
The new 33,000-square-foot facility should be open by August or September 2005.