Topic: Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics
Nashville, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System has received a $40,000 grant to pay for STEM Academy and Middle College High School’s students’ fees for dual enrollment in college courses.
The Tennessee College Access and Success Network awarded a total of $412,426 this week to six schools, two higher education institutions and four nonprofits in its third annual grant competition, raising the total amount of Race to the Top funds awarded by the Network to more than $1.6 million. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University held a topping-off ceremony Tuesday, April 16th at the construction site of the new Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building.
James Maynard, a 1956 alumnus, local business and APSU supporter for whom the building is named, was the first to sign during the event.
James Maynard — the first to sign during Tuesday’s topping-off ceremony at the Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building at APSU — is surrounded by some of his grandchildren. (Photo by Beth Liggett, APSU photographer)
«Read the rest of this article»
Charter School and Virtual School Legislation take the spotlight this week
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) will propose an amendment to House Bill 0151/Senate Bill 0157 proposed by the Department of Education regarding virtual schools.
The administration’s proposal to address poorly performing virtual schools will allow the Department of Education to institute enrollment caps, or direct the local school district to close the virtual school if it fails to achieve certain student growth benchmarks two academic years in a row. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University College of Science and Mathematics will host a career fair from 10:00am to 2:00pm on February 27th, in the Morgan University Center Ballroom.
The event will allow students to meet with regional employers to discuss career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. «Read the rest of this article»
Your Help is Needed
Clarksville, TN – The Northeast Middle School Robotics Class needs our help. In December last year, these highly talented and motivated students placed first in the robot programming category in Memphis, TN, which is quite a feat for this young program.
Led by educators Polly Kopp and Whitney Joyner, the success of these students offers them a chance to compete in the LEGO Open Invitational Tournament in California this May.
As background, the Robotics class competes in the First Lego League. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Board of Regents will sponsor the Science and Mathematics Academy (SAMA), a free two-week summer program for interested area high school students, from June 3rd – 15th.
SAMA will allow high school students, who will be 10th- and 11th-graders in Fall 2012, to obtain an enhanced view of science and math skills, free of charge. Participants will live in an APSU residence hall, take college courses, attend various events, take college entrance exams, meet faculty and make new friends. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Center will host the Great STEM Challenge Exposition from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on April 3rd in the campus’ Dunn Center.
The University’s science, engineering and mathematics faculty will interview the student teams from STEM classes in local elementary and middle schools. «Read the rest of this article»
State Report Card Released
Montgomery County, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System overall is performing well based on data released today in the Tennessee 2011 Report Card. Among the high points of the data is the system’s continued improvement of its high school graduation rate at 93.5 percent. The chart can be found here.
“This school system, hand in hand with the community, has had a focused determination on improving the numbers of students graduating. We are seeing the fruits of our labor as we have moved from a rate of 76 percent in 2004 to where we are today,” according to Director of Schools Mike Harris. “It’s nice to drive into town and see the signs proclaiming ’100% Graduation is Clarksville’s Business’ and know there is merit behind the words.” «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – At the November 8th Clarksville Montgomery County School System (CMCSS) Board meeting, Aspire Foundation Chairman, Terry Strange and Economic Development Council President and CEO, James Chavez presented the local school system with a $10,000 check to support the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program. The grant was provided through the privately funded Aspire Foundation.
“The Aspire Foundation has advocated for the adoption of the STEM curriculum throughout the school system,” said Strange. “Our goal is to promote STEM and the specialized opportunities that it presents for gifted and advanced students.” «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – Dr. Ann Assad, associate professor of mathematics and statistics at Austin Peay State University, set a stack of children’s literature books on the table. She flipped briefly through the titles, pausing occasionally to admire the bright, colorful covers of the books.
“We need to engage children in wanting to learn, wanting to solve problems,” she said. “One way we can interest them is through literature.”
That’s not such a groundbreaking statement when talking about a language arts class, but Assad was specifically referring to something completely different – a mathematics class. She, along with APSU assistant professor of education Dr. Lauren Wells, wants to use children’s literature to boost elementary school students’ science and mathematics comprehension skills, and a new $138,202 grant is helping them do just that. «Read the rest of this article»