STEM Support in Hamilton County

Reported by: Alisha Searl
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Updated: 1/23/2013 5:17 pm
If you want to know what is better than learning within four walls, just ask Keri Randolph, with the STEM Innovation Hub.

Randolph, adds, "We know that those after school camp and field trips, those experiences are so important in a child's life."

This organization is promoting the concept of getting your child's hands a little dirty.

That's why they held this workshop.

They want to see more school districts and business on board to do just that.

Mary Beth Sutton, with a local environmental non-profit, says, "I'm kind of old. I don't remember what was in my text book during elementary school, but I remember every single activity and field trip we went on."

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee feels so strongly about this way of teaching, they gave $50,000 to the Hamilton County STEM High School.

Randolph says, "We're no longer a knowledge based kind of system. We have to help kids develop skills that then can be applied in a lots of different systems."

These school leaders want this hands-on learning concept to be used not only in in Hamilton County, but every school across our region.

Jamie Parris, with the Hamilton County School District, says, "That is the goal really behind this, that we don't get to a point where one school is being benefited, and not the others."

Now, the cost of these programs can be an issue, that's why these educators believe fostering relationships between schools and business are going to be key in the months to come.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee also helped host Wednesday's workshop.

No word on when another one will be held.
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