What’s Right With Our Schools: Harrison Bay Future Ready Center

OOLTEWAH, TN (WDEF) – You won’t see the Harrison Bay Future Ready Center on Touchdown Friday Night.  They don’t have a football team. Instead, students have trained their laser like focus on engineering. That team has earned National Recognition. That level of ingenuity in all-American example of what’s right with our schools.

Jerry Webb is an Instructional Teacher at Harrison Bay Future Ready.


He says, “We’re also using today is an opportunity to introduce the new Outdoor Learning lab. The poultry program which is part of our sustainability program, our raised garden beds, our standard Gardens that are out front, it’s all part of our new renewable energy and sustainability program called Next Generation sustainable living.”

Christopher L. James is the Principal.

He beams, “The solar cooking festival revolves around Just Energy, but also about solar energy, and how we can actually use it and harness it in different ways for power. So, here at the school part of the Next Generation Center, we really bolster and hold up Skills USA. We don’t have a football team, and so therefore that’s where we put our interests.”


Keith Bright teaches Architecture Design.

He adds, “Our engineering team over here won goal for the second year in a row, and we had our first three-time Gold Medal winner, and they came out with an invention they partnered with NASA, and then they came up with this idea about a storage case on the International Space Station.”

Senior Amy Mercer explain how it works, “So, this is a space toolbox. So, we came across this video on Disney Plus on Among the Stars, where the astronaut Chris Cassidy, was, his tools were so tangled and tethers flying everywhere. They, all the tools, got lost in space. So, what we did to solve that problem was, add velcro to all the tools. That way it’s easier to take off and on.”

Principal James adds, ” It allows kids to come compete for things they learn here, and so, therefore, we have had a great success over the last couple years at Skills USA, where we bring home the gold medal.”

Jerry Webb concludes, “It teaches our students about sustainability in a variety of different types of renewable energy; solar, wind. We want them to know that the environment is important to us, that our students are important to us, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to reach these kids and to give them a learning environment that they’ll remember.”



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