Increased student access to technology is likely to be weighed during next year’s East Hampton School Board budget debate, given the discussion at the board’s meeting Tuesday night that followed a presentation by Donald Fox and Chris Merkert, East Hampton Middle School science teachers, about Google Chromebooks, laptops that use Chrome operating systems. The East Hampton Middle School has 80 Chromebooks, or three class sets, which rotate among a small cadre of teachers. Each costs about $250. The question is whether to expand the program.
Starting in January, the Ross School in East Hampton will launch a program devoted to the study of marine science. Run through its Innovation Lab, a special academy for students who are enthusiastic about math, science, engineering, media, and technology, the program will provide students interested in marine biology, oceanography, and environmental science with a hands-on, in-depth experience.