Among preparations for the coming school year, some science classrooms at Upper Arlington High School are being brought up to date and generally up to snuff.

Among preparations for the coming school year, some science classrooms at Upper Arlington High School are being brought up to date and generally up to snuff.

Phase two of the school's science room renovation project is under way.

Chris Potts, executive director of business services, said the first phase was finished last summer.

"We did two classrooms last year," he said. "This summer we are doing three more classrooms."

The three first-floor science rooms are getting a complete overhaul in terms of the educational space and technology, he said.

"These are the original classrooms from the 1950s," he said.

He said throughout the years, small improvements have been made to the buildings and the science classrooms, but nothing like the complete renovation project currently in progress.

The bond approved by voters in 1996 helped install new windows in the classrooms, he said.

This summer, the rooms are getting new science workstations that will be wired with power outlets and the rooms will receive a new heating and cooling system.

"Some of these rooms weren't even built to be science rooms," Potts said. "We are equipping them now to give them the ability to really enhance their learning environment."

UAHS principal Kip Greenhill said the updated learning stations will help give students more of a hands-on learning experience.

"Our science teachers are very committed to hands-on learning," he said. "The more actively involved they are in learning, the higher quality the learning is going to be."

The old classrooms didn't lend themselves to that kind of teaching and learning, he said.

"Our science rooms made it very challenging to do lab work because of the size," Greenhill said. "By increasing the size, it is going to make it a lot easier."

Potts said that since two of the three classrooms were expanded, there was a decrease in the size of the school's college center.

"Two of (the science rooms) are getting larger in square footage to allow for bigger work stations," he said.

Consequently, the common space in the college center is smaller, but it has also been updated.

He said the area is designed for college recruiters to hold meetings in the space with a small group of students.

The area also features computers and other resources for students.

"It will be a nice meeting area for (students)," Potts said.

Potts said there still are a few science classrooms in the building that have yet to be renovated.

"There are a few more," he said. "I'm not sure we are going to get to those next year. We knew we wanted to do phase one and phase two to get those out of the way."