The STEM School Chattanooga will host the fifth annual Amazon STEM Jubilee event, presented by First Tennessee, at Chattanooga State Community College on May 15 and 16. This annual event introduces elementary school students to a variety of science, technology, engineering and math related concepts through hands-on activities with a mission to inspire STEM curiosity and interest. This year, the Amazon STEM Jubilee will be attended by over 4,000 elementary students from throughout Hamilton County, making it the largest school-based STEM activity to ever be hosted in the State of Tennessee.
Children attending this year’s sold-out event will experience student-created STEM-based activities, games and challenges at over 85 booths. These classroom-tested games, activities – everything from robotics and drones to air cannons, bubbles and microscopes – have been developed by STEM School Chattanooga students as a way to develop innovative, engaging and hands-on experiences to share with schools throughout the county.
“At Amazon, technology and innovation fuel our business, and we recognize that the jobs of tomorrow require a stronger aptitude for STEM skills,” said Director of Operations Travis Maynard. “We’re proud to give innovators of tomorrow a leg-up on next generation skills through impactful education programming at STEM School Chattanooga’s Jubilee.”
STEM School Chattanooga is a Hamilton County Department of Education magnet school educating students from each of the nine districts in the county. Founded in 2012, STEM School Chattanooga has approximately 300 students in Grades 9-12. This innovative school is located on the Chattanooga State Community College campus and focuses on science, technology, engineering and math integration with a mission to develop and share a new paradigm for world-class education using technology as a gateway cultivate students’ inquisitive nature, exercise innovation, inspire them to think critically and collaborate to become leaders who are self-sufficient learners, said officials.
“Events like this allow us to help introduce the importance of a STEM education to students, teachers and families from around Hamilton County,” said Dr. Tony Donen, the school’s principal. STEM School Chattanooga was recognized by America Achieves as one of 30 schools worldwide denoted as a “World-Leading Learner School,” and its robotics team continues a tradition of mentoring local students and demonstrating leadership-level competency at competition this year. Recently, the Fab Foundation celebrated STEM School Chattanooga for prominence in digital fabrication STEM education and the Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner lauded the school as a model for the rest of the state.
In partnership with the Remake Learning Days Across America Chattanooga initiative, Chattanooga STEM School will host a tour and open house experience for parents and educators on Thursday, May 16, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Government-issued ID is required and participants must be screened through the Raptor system for this hour-long on-site tour experience. Guests will be guided by students and parent volunteers through the on-site Jubilee experience, watching a variety of booths, activities and programs created and led by STEM students. Registration is required and spaces are available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stem-school-chattanooga-jubilee-tour-tickets-59127642370.
The 2019 Amazon STEM Jubilee is presented by First Tennessee, with support from partnerships, including Hamilton County Schools, Chattanooga State Community College, Creative Discovery Museum, Girls Preparatory School, Public Education Foundation and Signal Mountain Middle High School.