Union Elementary A Finalist for 2018 FETC STEM Awards

Union Elementary S.T.E.M. and Demonstration School was named a finalist for the 2018 STEM Excellence Awards.

The National Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) announced that the Gallatin school was one of nine finalists for the award in January.

As part of the selection process, more than 100 applicants from the elementary, middle and high school entry levels were evaluated based on their use of interdisciplinary curriculum, collaboration, design, problem solving and the STEM experiences offered to their students.

“While we were obviously hopeful to be chosen for the STEM Award of Excellence, we are proud of our school’s accomplishments in earning a top three status,” Principal Lance Taylor said. “This honor reflects the commitment to excellence of our teachers, students and parents and is a major step in our focused effort to move from great to greater.”

The finalists presented their successful approaches to STEM education to attendees of the nation’s largest independent education technology conference in Orlando, Florida in January. Each school’s 30-minute presentation allowed other educators the opportunity to learn about lesson ideas, program successes and implementation strategies.

The winner was chosen by a seven-member panel of high-ranking education professional from across the county and was announced during the FETC STEM Excellence Awards Ceremony on Friday, Jan. 26. Although Union Elementary did not win, Tennessee could not be more proud of their accomplishments!

“In the 21st century global economy, innovative STEM education is one of the most important factors in preparing students for successful futures,” FETC Program Chair Jennifer Womble said in a statement. “Each of the nine STEM Excellence Awards finalists represents the very best in STEM instruction and serves as a shining example of what schools can accomplish with the right vision and leadership.”

The two other finalists in the elementary school category were Buck Lake Elementary in Tallahassee, Fla. and Liberty Elementary in South Riding, Va.

For more information about the Future of Education Technology Conference visit www.fetc.org.

 

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