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Ribbon Cut on New STEM Lab in Astoria School

(Photo Courtesy of Costa Constantinides)

Oct. 16, 2019. By Shane O’Brien 

Council Member Costa Constantinides and New York City school officials cut the ribbon today on a $300,000 STEM laboratory at I.S. 141 in Astoria.

The STEM lab, located at the 37-11 21st Ave. school, features 3D printers, coding robots and other technology that will aid students in their computer, mathematics and engineering studies.

Construction recently wrapped up on the lab that was formally unveiled on Wednesday, Oct. 16.

The lab was one of four projects funded through participatory budgeting, a process where residents get to vote on how more than $1 million is spent in the district.

Constantinides said that the lab would help students find jobs in the future and also help them learn about the environment.

“This brand new STEM lab is participatory budgeting in action,” Constantinides said. “The community rightly recognizes the need for interactive curriculum that helps our students prepare for innovative STEM careers. I cannot wait to see how this lab opens up the world of science to western Queens students, so they lead the way for a brighter, greener, safer future.”

The lab was constructed as part of Constantinides’ 2050 science initiative, which seeks to prepare students for careers in science, technology engineering and math – a sector expected to be a leading employer in the future.

Constantinides was joined Wednesday morning by Philip Composto, Superintendent for School District 30; Vanessa Williams, Principal of I.S. 141; and Katina Despas-Barous, President of the I.S. 141 Parent Teacher Association.

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pankaj jhanwar

it is magnificent to see how much 3D printing has changed the world.
Thank you for providing brilliant insights into 3D printing.


Great, so all the kids who go here and want to get “great” STEM careers will find themselves easily replaced by the never-ending supply of H-1B coolie labor. Good luck kids!


Only doing it bc his kid is most likely going there. Look at 85 and all the revamps it has had recently….coincidence? I think not…


Revamps to 85? They got air conditioners to cover the noise of the subway and he shut down all the trailers they were using for years.

Does his kid go there—who cares! More than any one person’s kid is going to benefit. Quit being so GD petty.


Yeah, I guess we shouldn’t do anything until the entire homeless problem is fixed because that make sense to no one.

Pat Macnamara

Right. Let’s leave our fellow human beings wallow in their own excrement for a photo op. One of the richest cities in the world with such income inequality while political hacks like Costa step over the mounds of human waste to pose with his trusty podium

Pat Macnamara

Meanwhile the building is probably lined with asbestos. Look at Clueless Costa beaming. Go to Steinway street and get rid of the homeless encampments.


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