Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Westtown School touts green science center


Westtown School goes green

WEST CHESTER A historic Chester County boarding school has opened a $13 million science building stocked with innovative green technology that will be accessible to outside students through a summer program to launch this year.

The science center at Westtown School in West Chester is LEED certified and boasts a rainwater-collection system, solar panels, and geothermal heating and cooling, administrators said. In addition to traditional labs, the building has dedicated physical science and engineering labs, which director of capital programs Ted Lutkus said secondary schools rarely have.

"The building itself is a teaching model about science and sustainability," he said.

Coinciding with the opening of the building, the school is launching the Westtown Science Institute.

The summer program will offer courses for students in third through 12th grades on topics such as sustainable energy, robotics, and digital production and illustration. More information on the courses and pricing is available at

The school also plans to hold a community science day from noon to 3 p.m. April 12 at the center.

- Tricia L. Nadolny

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