The future of education in Warren County began Wednesday with the turn of a shovel and the movements of robots.
Standing behind a pile of sand on a lot at the corner of Mission 66 and Rosa A. Temple Drive, students, using robots they had designed and built moved dirt to help mark the groundbreaking of the new Academy of Innovation.
Then, after the robots had done their work, dignitaries, including local elected officials, those representing the Vicksburg Warren School District, representatives from Dale Bailey Architects and contractor Century Construction took hold of shovels to add their mark on the start of the $16.4 million project.
More than 200 people, including 122 students, attended the program, which included performances by the Academy of Innovation band and choir and an unveiling of a model of the completed school created by teachers and students using 3D printer technology at the school.
Gary Bailey, with Dale Bailey Architects, the project architect, said about 30 people were involved in the building’s design.
“I promise you, this will not only be the finest building in the state of Mississippi,” he said. “This will be the finest school building in the United States of America. People will be coming here from all over the country and possibly internationally to come see the building, but that’s not why they’re coming, and that’s not why we designed it.”
He pointed to a group of students seated to his right, “These kids right here are why it was designed — every single one of them and those who follow.”
Bailey said the building was a laboratory for children to learn.
“It’s a dang good laboratory and you’re going to be proud of it,” Bailey said.
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