Eighty-five Metro Schools students participated in the 5th Annual Middle TN STEM Innovation Expo at Tennessee State University on April 7.
The students are part of G2ROW STEM, a Metro Schools i3 grant-funded program dedicated to growing STEM learning. The program consists of afterschool sessions, Saturday sessions and a two-week STEM summer camp. G2ROW STEM also offers mentors, hosts guest speakers and conducts field trips for its student participants.
The students entered a total of 23 projects in the competition and were awarded five gold, nine silver and nine bronze medals for their efforts.
“This program allows students to use their STEM assets and experiences to learn and apply key academic content, make informed decisions, practice communication and collaboration, and use their critical thinking skills that will help them make informed decision,” Dr. Regina Etter, instructional lead coach for 17 STEM Metro Schools teachers, told the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District in an interview.
The expo was judged by a group of technical experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District including Jimmy Waddle, Engineering and Construction Division chief; Ben Rohrbach, Hydraulics and Hydrology Branch chief; Mark Abernathy, Visual Information specialist; Lori Neubert, commander’s secretary; and David Bogema, civil engineer in the Water Management section.
Read more about the expo here.