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{education private schools} Touring the center with Bruscia, he geeks out (his own phrase) over the fume hood where, he says, he likes to explode gummi bears. Bruscia describes several of the other projects he leads students through, including a forensics experiment that involves fiber analysis with microscopes, trace evidence and finger

printing—a

full-on

interactive

CSI episode within the school, with the eventual perpetrator revealed as a member of the school’s faculty. The CCS students, all of whom use the STEAM Center, seem to be quickly developing the passion that Riley and Bruscia work so hard to create and maintain. Claire Banaszak, an eighth grader who has been at CCS since preschool, is three months away from receiving her black belt in karate and about the math and engineering involved

Mike Bruscia, the STEAM Discovery

in architectural planning and projects. In

Academy’s

keeping with the culture of community,

operates out of CCS, is an enthusiastic

younger

were

teacher who’s led science expeditions on

walking the halls, looking at the models

every continent. He also teaches elective

for a project for their own classes.

science classes at the school.

elementary

students

executive

director

that

says science is her favorite subject at school. She recalls what it was like before the wing opened in 2016: small rooms for performances and having to share spaces for science work. This year, she’s studying earth science, and in the lab space, she has “all this new material to use, and an

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