STEM expo showcases academies in action
by staff reports
September 16, 2012 01:10 AM | 1676 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Cherokee County School District’s first-ever STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Expo was conducted Thursday at Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy.

To raise awareness among parents/guardians and the community of the ongoing activities and student accomplishments associated with the School District’s STEM Academies and Fine Arts Academies, bi-annual Expos will be presented at each Academy every fall and spring semester.

The Expos are designed to showcase the academies’ academic and artistic accomplishments through demonstrations and performances by students, as well as exhibits of their work.

“The school’s principal, Dr. Dianne Steinbeck, and her staff conducted a free-flowing, hour-long interactive event, allowing students and parents to participate in various STEM-related activities and labs in each of the grade-level core content classes. The grade-level teachers hosting the lab classrooms were very energetic and engaging, and the students and parents all seemed grateful for the opportunity to see STEM in action,” said Dr. Brian Hightower, assistant superintendent for school operations.

“It was obvious that the school’s staff and other stakeholders had worked very hard to coordinate this event during the first semester of the Academy’s implementation.”

Other academy principals and school district-level staff were in attendance and treated to a tour by Steinbeck.

One of the new items to preview was the video-conferencing room, where expo guests linked up (in real time) with a representative with the equipment’s provider in Austin, Texas.

She explained the many uses of this equipment, including linking with speakers and presenters all over the world, and explaining how virtual field trips can be accomplished.

“It was a great evening, as the Holly Springs ES students, parents and staff represented their new Academy with pride,” Hightower said. “The staff, local PTA Officers and community communicated their appreciation to the Superintendent and School Board for their unique opportunity.”
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