R.E. Lee High to create augmented reality lab with grant

STAUNTON, VA. (WHSV) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has announced the 16 high schools that will get extra money to spend on career and technical education equipment upgrades, and one school in the valley made the list.

Robert E. Lee High School in Staunton was awarded $37, 500, which will fund a virtual augmented reality interactive learning lab.

School officials say this lab will prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.

"Delivering this instruction in this new innovative way helps students work toward those industry credentials and transition into the workforce where that technology is already being used," said Cassie Farrish, Secondary Instructional Supervisor for Staunton City Schools.

The lab allows students to see objects in 3D.

“Technology is ever-changing, and our career and technical education programs must have the up-to-date equipment necessary to prepare Virginia students for the jobs of tomorrow, which includes industries like high-tech manufacturing, bioengineering, health care, and skilled trades,” said Gov. Northam.

The lab will be available to all students starting next school year.