Metro Schools kicks off initiative to grow STEM education

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro Nashville Public Schools is preparing to begin a multi-year commitment to growing STEM education in middle schools.

GROW STEM promotes further learning of science, technology, engineering and math within classrooms as well as at home.

The program is built around hands-on experiences, giving students an engaging education with mentors who can encourage them to reach even higher.

“We have several STEM programs in place now at various schools, but given the growing opportunities for graduates to learn and work in STEM fields, it’s time to expand their scope and reach,” said Interim Director of Schools Chris Henson.

“We are grateful to the federal government for investing in such an important area of study for our students, and I am proud of our staff for presenting a winning grant proposal that clearly demonstrated the benefit our students will receive from these funds,” Henson continued, adding, “I am very excited for the students. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and it will open a lot of doors to the future.”

GROW STEM, which stands for Girls Realizing Opportunities with STEM, and it will target seven middle school programs starting in the 2016-17 school year:

  • Stratford STEM Magnet (grades 5-8)
  • Isaac Litton Middle
  • Croft Middle
  • McMurray Middle
  • Oliver Middle
  • Goodlettsville Middle
  • Madison Middle

Each of these schools feeds into a high school with an established STEM program through the Academies of Nashville: Stratford, Overton, and Hunters Lane.

“While we certainly want to show these young women the opportunities available to them in studying STEM subjects, it will take more than just awareness,” said Dr. Kris Elliott, director of STEM for Metro Schools. “We must connect our female students with STEM role models they can relate to, successful women who will inspire our students to pursue and succeed in anything they choose, including STEM.”

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