Ysu Celebrates Its New Williamson Innovation Park

When Warren "Bud" Williamson died in October at the age of 92, he left behind 243 acres in Youngstown, Ohio, the Youngstown Business Journal reports.

According to the AP, Williamson's passion for education and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) led him to donate the land to Youngstown State University.

On Saturday, YSU dedicated the Williamson Innovation Park, which is meant to be an outdoor educational space for students interested in STEM fields.

"We hope that the changes here will bring about new ways to open the minds of science students and a place where science can get messy," Williamson's son, Warren IV, tells the Business Journal.

"A classroom that doesn't have walls and where kids can learn with their hands and their eyes."

The park includes a runway where Williamson would fly remote-control model planes.

YSU's engineering competition teams have already used the park to gather data and test their innovations.

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