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Metro Schools students compete in regional STEM expo

Regional Stem Expo (1)

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.

Intersession Diary: Touring colleges and Sony Music

They didn’t have to be at school today, but here they are. Students all over Nashville are taking advantage of the intersession programs at their schools and in the community. Here’s a look at one of the programs making a difference for students today, March 19.

Thanks to a college access and success program called GEAR UP MNPS, students from 13 Metro middle and high schools get to tour college campuses and do some job shadowing this week.

Today, students from Bailey, Brick Church, Joelton, McKissack, and Wright Middle Preps toured Sony/ATV Music Publishing on Music Row. They met some executives, saw the studios, and learned about music recording and publishing. It was all about career opportunities and seeing a little of what it takes to succeed in a real-world job.

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At the same time, GEAR UP MNPS took students from three more schools to college campuses:

  • Antioch High School students toured Belmont University
  • Cameron Middle Prep students toured Austin Peay State University
  • Glencliff High School students toured Lipscomb University

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These trips started yesterday and are happening all week long. Take a look:


  • Antioch High at Western Kentucky University


  • Antioch High at UT Knoxville
  • Cameron Middle at MTSU
  • Glencliff High at Nashville State Community College
  • JFK Middle at Belmont


  • Apollo, Jere Baxter, and JFK Middles at Sony ATV Music
  • Bailey STEM Magnet Middle at Austin Peay’s STEM Center
  • Brick Church Middle at the Tennessee State Capitol
  • Cameron Middle at Tennessee Tech
  • Gra-Mar Middle at Fisk and Meharry
  • Joelton Middle at TSU


  • Joelton Middle at the Warner Park Nature Center
  • Litton Middle at Belmont

What a great way to spend a day out of school!


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