STEM School Making Strides In Second Year

Reported by: Webb Wright
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Updated: 1/10 11:40 pm
       STEM education is now a reality in the Tennessee Valley. Two years later community and business leaders got a chance to see the school in action.
       "I was just struck by how STEM just fit what I thought would be an outstanding program in schools. Very fortunate at the time, got a lot of business interest in the initiative," said Hamilton County Superintendent of Schools Rick Smith.
       STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. With companies like Wacker and Volkswagen operating in the Scenic City the need for those skills are at an all time high.
      "Technology is just a tool. It's how we use those tools, so here, when they are doing their problem solving, their problem based learning initiatives, that's really what we want to see more and more in Hamilton County schools," said Smith.
      "They are participating in critical thinking and doing oral presentations and preparing themselves for the jobs of the 21st Century. Again, it is really important to have a good workforce development program and this is what they are doing, learning how to do critical thinking for the jobs of the future," said Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger.
      One challenge going forward is the keeping up with constant changes in technology.
      "Technology moves along at a really rapid pace and obviously keeping up with that from a funding aspect is a challenge, but again, we've seen this community and the private sector as well as the public sector step up time and time again to make sure that that happens," said Coppinger.
      But it's a challenge that will help students adapt in the work place.

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