Wielding special commemorative shovels, elected, civic, and educational leaders dug into ceremonial soil yesterday, marking the groundbreaking for Liberty Science Center High School (LSCHS) in Jersey City.
Slated to open in 2025, LSCHS is a world-class public magnet STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) academy that will be operated by the Hudson County Schools of Technology. LSCHS will provide programs in Earth (Sustainable Engineering and Climate Science), Life (Biological Sciences), and Space (Astrophysics) to 400 students in grades 9 – 12 from across Hudson County.
During the ceremony, speakers addressed the promise and importance of LSCHS to Hudson County and the transformative impact it will have on students aspiring for careers in the STEM fields, on diversifying those fields, and on cementing the region’s and the state’s position as a center of scientific and technological discovery and innovation.
“This is one of the most important projects that we’re doing in Jersey City,” said Mayor Steven Fulop. “It will be transformational to not only Jersey City, but the entire region and New Jersey as a whole. We couldn’t be more excited to watch this project come to life.”
“The school will get the next generation inspired and excited about science and engineering, and give them the skills they need to go out and succeed in the workplace,” said Paul Hoffman, president and CEO of the Liberty Science Center. “It’s unique to have a school next to the largest planetarium in the Western Hemispher. We want all companies that are based [in SciTech Scity] to give back to the high school by providing serious work experience and mentorship to students. Aspirationally, we want this to become the greatest STEM high school in the United States.”
In addition to their world-class education, LSCH, students will have access to intensive mentorships and work experiences with the companies and scientists at SciTech Scity, the 30-acre “City of Tomorrow” being developed by LSC that will also include an innovation hub to launch and grow world-changing science and technology start-ups, residential housing for people interested in a community dedicated to using science and technology to build a better future, and public space for outdoor science-related activations.
LSC will also create preparatory programs for middle-school students from under-served communities in Jersey City and Hudson County who are passionate about science and aspire to attend the new high school.
Along with LSCHS and Liberty Science Center, SciTech Scity pillars will include:
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