McMillan MS Innovative Media Center is “Everything Education Should Be”


Robotics class members Alex Parra, eighth grade (left) and Alexander Navarro, seventh grade, present one of their class projects.

Howard D. McMillan Middle in West Kendall is the latest school to receive a new, tech-packed multimedia center, thanks to a $ 2 million partnership Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) have with the College Football Playoff Foundation and the 2021 College Football Playoff National Championship Host Committee.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently to unveil the innovative space, as part of the Middle School Redesign (MSR) initiative, which modernizes spaces with new virtual reality (VR) equipment, Promethean panels, a robotics section and more than a dozen computer stations. .

Monique Alfonso, a junior at G. Holmes Braddock Senior High and alumnus of McMillan Middle, praised the center for giving the students a place to unwind and relax.

“All of these ergonomic chairs just improve the space and provide a place for students to have fun instead of just having the gray classroom walls around them,” she said. “They can appreciate the colors, which will stimulate creativity. And that’s vital in both medicine and robotics, the two magnets we have here at school.

Howard D. McMillan is one of 16 Miami-Dade public colleges whose media centers have been transformed. Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho, School Board Member Dr. Marta Pérez and McMillan Principal Dr. Felicia K. Joseph were joined by Eric Poms, CEO of the Orange Bowl Committee (OBC), and outgoing president Jeff Rubin to officially unveil the media center.

“To me, this space represents everything education should be,” said Dale Adamson, professor of math and robotics and nationally recognized educator. “It’s a flexible space that can be used for many different purposes, and we also have the flexibility to divide into all kinds of groups and setups. This space truly provides a hub for our students to explore and innovate.

Partners will continue to unveil new projects throughout the year in support of the district’s MSR initiative, which aims to meet the unique social, emotional and academic needs of teachers and students in the college.

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