Sale Creek Middle School Students Design Assistive Technology Devices for Siskin Children’s Institute

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Siskin Children’s Institute is partnering with the seventh grade science/digital fabrication students at Sale Creek Middle School. Eighty students from the school visited the Siskin Early Learning Center and took a tour to learn more about assistive technology (AT) and how it is used to help children with special needs learn, play and communicate with their peers. 

The students at Sale Creek Middle School have access to a digital fabrication lab where they will be designing their AT devices.
A $65,000 grant was awarded from Volkswagen through the Public Education Foundation, in partnership with the State of Tennessee, in order to make the fabrication lab possible. With these resources, the students will work together in teams to create AT devices that will assist a child with special needs in therapy or play. 

“We wanted the students to be challenged to collaborate, create, think critically and problem-solve, with a sense of purpose and empathy,” says Cara Stiles, seventh grade science teacher at Sale Creek Middle School. “We believe that opening their eyes to diversity will expand their worldview, cultivate deeper learning and increase their social and emotional awareness.

In March, staff from Siskin Children’s Institute will attend an evening event at Sale Creek Middle School to see and review the class projects.

Thompson Engineering Sponsors Special E-Week Screening Of Dream Big 3D At The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater

Thompson Engineering celebrated Engineers Week by hosting a field trip that allowed more than 130 Chattanooga area students to see Dream Big 3D, a film that celebrates engineers and their work around the world. Engineers Week is a oneweek event to celebrate a year-long commitment to increase awareness about how engineers make a difference in our world and to inspire students to ... (click for more)

Hamilton County Seniors Are National Merit Finalists

Seven seniors in Hamilton County Schools are recognized among the nation’s elite high school seniors as they were named Finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.  Only 15,000 high school seniors nationwide earn this distinguished honor each year.  Hamilton County seniors honored are Zoe Zimmerman, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences; Annika Lee, ... (click for more)

Signal Facing Decisions On Expanding Commercial Area Past Albert Road, Mountain Community Center And Water Service

The design review committee (DRC) of the town of Signal Mountain is in the process of establishing standards for commercial buildings. In the meantime, developer Bob Elliott would like to buy property at the corner of Taft Highway and Albert Road. Albert Road has traditionally been where the commercial property ends. A number of residents in the neighborhood around that area are ... (click for more)

Initiative Launches In Support Of Signal Mountain’s Water System; Tennessee-American Says It Has Long Provided Clean Water To Signal

A citizen committee is urging Signal Mountain "to be vocal and choose local" in the imminent water department sale. The local group formed “Be Vocal. Choose Local.” after the town of Signal Mountain voted last May to initiate a Request for Proposals for the acquisition of its water department.  The committee urges the town to sell its water system to Walden’s Ridge Utility ... (click for more)

Legislators: Protect Our Students And Teachers

When students step into their classrooms, they are there to learn and prepare for their future. Our teachers serve to advance each student’s education and guide them towards success.  Educators have an additional responsibility: maintaining the trust and respect of their students by conducting themselves professionally and responsibly. The vast majority of our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Every day, without exception, I find a number of “treats” in my daily dose of email. These funnies, and other pertinent information, are sent to me by a myriad of “Internet Buddies” who I repay by sending out some of the funniest that I collect. Think of it as sort of a “co-op” for my readers to enjoy. When The Saturday Funnies began last summer, it was what I still think is ... (click for more)