International Technology Academy in Pontiac hoping to win a science lab in video contest

Posted at 5:04 PM, Dec 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-06 17:05:12-05

A school in Pontiac is hoping to get a new science lab for Christmas.

The International Technology Academy is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school but they don't have a science lab.

Students and faculty submitted a video in a contest to win the lab.

The Fab School Labs contest has named ITA and 24 other schools across the country to compete for a $100,000 grant.

The contest is on Facebook and five schools with most votes will each get a grant.

ITA is part of the Pontiac School System and proper funding can be a challenge.

Principal Suzanne Kavanaugh said, "It's really key for the students to get hands on activity to understand the science."

Their science class is held in this room and the little equipment they have is dated.

"Trying our best to do all this stuff but we don't have like a designated space to do," said Alonna Sistrunk.

She is in 11th grade and created the video hoping younger students could benefit from something she is missing out on.

"To grow up with a science lab and they go better on in college," she said. "If they have this science lab, some kids may think, 'oh I want to do this for a living.' I just want them to have that opportunity."

If they win, they plan on converting a classroom with 15 science tables, equipment and sinks.

Principal Kavanaugh said, "Twenty five to 30 Bunson burners, we would be looking at upwards of 100 or 200 pieces of glassware, beakers"

ITA students have participated in various science and robotic competitions.

She added, "The kids are doing all this with so little and so for us to be able to to give them this little thing."

Principal Kavanaugh has shed many tears trying to give her students what they need.

"I love these kids and they deserve this. They work hard and if I can do anything for them this is what I would do. So I'm just begging everyone to go on Facebook and vote for Pontiac, vote for ITA. Because we could really use this money," she added.

Voting for ITA starts Thursday on

Winners be announce in two weeks, before the Christmas holiday.