Central State Hospital’s Wilkes Building will soon be retrofitted as a hub for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
A former Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) laboratory director, Darrell Davis, wants the city to become a STEM education leader. With CSHLRA help, Davis hopes to have the Wilkes lab program ready to host local Baldwin County students by next summer.
“Darrell Davis signed his lease on the Wilkes Building,” Couch said in a Nov. 20 CSHLRA meeting. “He is insured and has the keys. Darrell’s goal is to have his first STEM explorers in class this coming July.”
The CAPS-Analytical Training Laboratory’s primary objective is to provide professional development for K-12 science educators and encourage students to seek STEM career fields.
Davis will begin development work next month.