SPC dedicates Dr. John M. Chapin Science Lab at Bay Pines STEM Center
Family, friends, community members, faculty and staff gathered at SPC’s new Bay Pines STEM Center on June 28 to dedicate the science labs in honor of the late Dr. John M. Chapin, the former Dean of Natural Science. Dr. Chapin was the founding science faculty member on the Tarpon Springs Campus in the late 1970s. Before passing away in February, Dr. Chapin left behind perhaps his largest legacy at SPC, the Bay Pines STEM Center, a hands-on science learning complex adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway in Pinellas County.
At the dedication ceremony, Chapin’s daughter Kristen Johnson recalled growing up in science labs alongside her father and discussed his passion for students and science. “He was more than a science guy,” said Johnson. “He was a believer in people. This center is the embodiment of his beliefs.”
The new 7,600-square-foot state-of-the-art center will serve as a community resource to increase awareness of STEM-related subjects and issues. The center will open for classes for the Fall 2017 term.
Dr. Natavia Middleton, Dean of Natural Science and Engineering, said, “I like to think of the future of STEM here as really a public service to our community,we hope that every experience will allow the community to engage with science.”
Pictured: Dr. Chapin’s daughter Kristen Johnson (left) and wife Marcia Chapin with the science lab dedication plaque