STEM School Chattanooga event becomes the largest held in Tennessee
Posted on 05/17/2019
Students participate in the Amazon STEM Jubilee event.The STEM School Chattanooga hosted the school’s fifth annual Amazon STEM Jubilee event, presented by First Tennessee, at Chattanooga State Community College, 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 was attended by over 4,000 elementary students from throughout Hamilton County, making it the largest school-based STEM activity ever to be held in the state of Tennessee. Children attending this year’s sold-out event experienced student-created STEM-based activities, games, and challenges at over 85 booths. These classroom-tested games and activities included everything from robotics to drones.
The activities were 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 magnet school in Hamilton County Schools 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.

“Events like the STEM Jubilee allow us to help introduce the importance of STEM education to students, teachers, and families from around Hamilton County,” said Dr. Tony Donen, the school’s principal.

STEM School Chattanooga is one of thirty schools worldwide recognized as a “World-Leading Learner School,” by America Achieves and its robotics team continues a tradition of mentoring local students and excelling at competitions. 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.

The 2019 Amazon STEM Jubilee was presented by First Tennessee, with support from partnerships, including Hamilton County Schools, Chattanooga State Community College, the Creative Discovery Museum, the Girls Preparatory School, the Public Education Foundation and the Signal Mountain Middle High School.