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North Attleboro High School

NORTH ATTLEBORO — State Sen. Becca Rausch has earmarked $50,000 in the Senate version of the state budget for creating a hands-on math and science activity space at North Attleboro High School.

She got the money added to the budget during debate Tuesday evening.

“An innovative and experiential education is crucial for our students’ success in the digital age,” she said in a statement. “This will be a tremendous opportunity for students to express their creativity and learn invaluable skills such as 3-D printing, coding, problem solving, and teamwork.”

The Martin Elementary School library already has a facility known as a Makerspace, but it is geared toward younger students.

It was paid for with a private donation.

The $50,000 from the state would pay for a Makerspace at the high school, where students made a video to enter a contest to try to win the money.

Makerspaces allow children to do hands-on activities such as robotics to learn about math, science, technology and art.

Rausch sought the funding at the request of school committee member Adam Scanlon, who said he was working with Superintendent Scott Holcomb on the idea.

Although the $50,000 is in the Senate version of the budget, the House did not fund it.

That means a conference committee between the two bodies will have to agree to put it in the final version of the budget and Gov. Charlie Baker will have to approve it.

Jim Hand may be reached at 508-236-0399 or jhand@thesunchronicle.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @TSCpolitics.

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