Teachers Gather At VW For STEM Hub Event

Monday, July 29, 2013

Teachers gathered around the region last week for an intensive three-day seminar in STEM education. 

These STEM Teaching Fellows are a cohort of educators from 16 school districts who are participating in a year-long training program focused on expanding science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) instruction in classrooms. 

In its second year, the STEM Teaching Fellows program provides educators with a diverse spectrum of training experiences, including monthly seminars, classroom coaching, job shadow opportunities and community partner projects. 

“The STEM Teaching Fellows program helps increase students’ hands-on STEM learning experiences by giving educators new skills and resources to use in their classrooms,” said Tracey Carisch, managing director at the STEM Innovation Hub.

This year’s class of 41 STEM Teaching Fellows were selected through a region-wide application process and represent different grades and subject areas. 

“Some may think that STEM is focused on math and science, but this group of teachers effectively reflects the diversity of STEM learning,” said Keri Randolph, director of learning and lead facilitator for the STEM Fellows program. She refers to the broad teacher experience found in the cohort, ranging from early elementary through high school, and including subject areas such as music, history, art and Career & Technical Education. 

“STEM is not defined by specific courses or student achievement,” Randolph said. “It’s a model for teaching students how to collaborate, think critically and solve problems no matter what the subject area or grade level.”

At last week’s seminar, the teachers and their principals toured the Volkswagen plant and explored the many business and community partners available to support STEM learning. Throughout the year, the STEM Teaching Fellows will be reaching outside their schools to connect with partners and bring STEM innovations into their classrooms. 

To engage as a STEM partner or learn more about the STEM Teaching Fellows program, visit the STEM Innovation Hub web site at www.gogetstem.org.


GNTC’s Spring Plant Sale Extended To 4 Days, April 18-21

The Spring Plant Sale at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, an annual event that celebrates spring and the end of the cold weather, is extended to four days this year and will take place April 18-21.   On Tuesday, April 18, the sale will be held from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. and then from Wednesday, April 19, to Thursday, April 20, the sale will last all day from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. ... (click for more)

Lee Students Attend 25th Annual Pastoral Retreat

Thirty-two pastoral ministries students attended the 25th Annual Lee University Pastoral Retreat along with Dr. Jerald Daffe, professor of pastoral studies, and Dr. John Lombard, adjunct professor of pastoral studies. The event took place at the Signal Mountain Church of God Camp Grounds.  This year’s theme was “Finding Us Faithful.” The retreat was held for students in ... (click for more)

Storm Costs EPB $2.5 Million; Smart Grid Helped Ease The Pain

Tuesday night's fierce storm cost EPB an estimated $2.5 million, President David Wade said Friday. He said the city utility will have to bear all the cost - unlike when it got federal aid after spending $18 million following tornadoes that raked the Chattanooga area in 2012. Mr. Wade said EPB's Smart Grid helped ease the pain, bringing back online about 27,000 affected customers ... (click for more)

1 Killed, 1 Injured In Brainerd Shooting

One person was killed and a second person injured in a shooting in Brainerd on Thursday night. The call was to 3301 Pinewood Ave. at 7:05 p.m. It was reported that a silver vehicle was seen leaving the scene. One of the persons shot, 23-year-old Antonio Baldwin, died during surgery. The injury to William Daniel, 21, is not life-threatening. Police said both of the ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Scottsboro Boys

There is a good-sized train tunnel that runs under the northern tip of Lookout Mountain, right next to Cummings Highway. It was inside that tunnel on this very weekend 86 years ago, that the worst tragedy in the fabled history of the South was born. This was during the tight grip of the Depression and about two dozen hobos had jumped the train from the time it left Southern Railway's ... (click for more)