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School gets video conferencing

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology students will be able to use a video conferencing system next year to communicate with other students in the state, nation and world -- and even other classrooms in their school.

The Nordson Corporation Foundation gave the Gwinnett County Public Schools Foundation Fund a $21,200 grant for the video conferencing system for the school.

Using the video conferencing system in a GSMST lecture hall, students will have two-way communication with peers, sharing scientific research and data with students from throughout the world, and with other GSMST students using mobile units. This tool also will have a schoolwide impact as teachers participate in staff development by accessing the video conferencing system.

The system will be installed at the school's new state-of-the-art facility, scheduled to open in August at 970 McElvaney Lane in Lawrenceville. The new facility will feature five engineering labs, 14 science labs, two lecture halls and an emerging technology department similar to entrepreneurial incubator programs at Georgia Tech and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

"It is with great pleasure that we extend best wishes for the continued success of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology," said Maggie McElhannon, community relations manager for the Nordson Corporation Foundation, a partner of GSMST.

The Nordson Corporation Foundation has awarded nearly $22 million in grants nationwide since 1989.