SIMI VALLEY : High-Tech Lab Is Proposed for School

Hoping to fill a Simi Valley classroom with a robot, a laser and computerized animation equipment, Sinaloa Junior High School Principal Patricia Hauser will host a meeting tonight to brief community members on the idea and figure out how to pay for it.

"We're going to try to find sponsors for the lab in order to bring one into this school," said Hauser, who estimated that the high-technology lab would cost between $30,000 and $40,000.

An outline of the program promises that the technology lab would develop students' problem-solving skills and help them become independent thinkers. Students would program a robot arm, produce radio and television broadcasts, and use computers for publishing, design and animation.

The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. in the school's Multipurpose Room, 601 Royal Ave., in Simi Valley.

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