Henrico County Public Schools officials announced plans Thursday for a middle school STEM specialty center tentatively scheduled to open next year at Short Pump Middle School.
The three-year program focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics would be open to students throughout the county, officials said. The center would be able to accommodate about 50 students.
The school system has STEM-related specialty centers at the high school level and programs for elementary students interested in engineering.
“This would be the bridge that connects those two,” said Mac Beaton, the director of career and technical education. “The vision of the center really is … to take students who have a common core interest ... and let them explore.”