High School is home to West Tennessee's first STEM Platform School. It is one
of only six in the entire state. Although it launched at the start of the
current school year, Southwind will showcase its exciting, new STEM Platform
School during an official grand opening reception on Tuesday, September 24, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.
High School was officially designated as a STEM Platform School site by an
executive order of Governor Bill Haslam to promote and expand the teaching and
learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in public schools
across the region. It will serve as a demonstration site for incubating,
deploying and sharing innovative and best practices in STEM education in
Platform program is supported through a unique public-private collaboration
between the Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee STEM Innovation
Network and Battelle Memorial Institute.
Southwind was chosen to be West Tennessee's STEM Platform School site because
of its proximity to the FedEx World Headquarters and International Paper, both
of which are strategic partners. Also working closely with Southwind will be
the University of Memphis and the West Tennessee STEM Conservatory, which will
study and help create new cutting-edge STEM teaching and learning models to be
shared throughout the state. Other strategic partners include St.
Jude, Gizmos and Geotechnology.
to the school's many partnerships, students will have access
to engineering labs and virtual engineering courses unlike anything
offered in other schools. Additionally, a slate of pre-dual enrollment courses
are part of the STEM curriculum, and all core classes are fully integrated with
a rich STEM focus. Students all over the county were able to apply for
enrollment in the STEM program last year as eighth graders. An additional 100
eighth graders will be accepted each year to complete all grade levels.
Students who complete the four-year Platform program at Southwind will receive
a diploma with a STEM distinction.
Grand Opening: Southwind High School will show case its STEM Platform School
– 7 p.m. School and district leaders will introduce Southwind's STEM
Platform School faculty and recognize several strategic partners, including
the West Tennessee STEM Conservatory, the U of M and St. Jude. Labs and
curriculum will also be on display.
For More Information: http://www.westtnstem.org/about-us/west-tn-stem-platform-school/.
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