The Carrollton City Schools STEM Showcase will be held Thursday, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Joshua R. Mabry Center for the Arts on the Carrollton High School campus. The public is encouraged to attend.
Annette Murphy, director of Title I and federal programs for the system, said the event was planned to "show off" the students work in all grades – from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The expo-like event will feature student work from all four of the system's schools, demonstrating the integration of the four subjects covered by STEM in the classroom.
Murphy said it was important to have all grades represented to show attendees the wide range of projects that can have STEM elements.
"We wanted to show how the projects progress through the grade levels," Murphy said. "Obviously, the projects the students are doing in first grade are not of equal scale to those they're doing in 11th grade. But they do involve a similar way of thinking and problem-solving that is inherent in every project."
From 5 to 6 p.m., showcase-goers will be able to browse the lobby and gallery to see what the schools are doing. Also available for interaction will be several hands-on activities on the theater stage.
At 6 p.m., Superintendent Dr. Kent Edwards will give a short presentation in the Brenda Sue Holcombe Theatre, sharing the school system's vision of STEM and its implementation with the community.
Edwards will also recognize Central Elementary School, which was recently awarded with STEM School certification by the Georgia Department of Education, as well as the Southwire Company for its partnership with CHS.
At the end of the event, drawings will be held to give away four iPad Mini tablets, donated by the Carrollton City Schools Educational Foundation in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Visitors are urged to get their drawing ticket as they enter, Murphy said, and recipients must be present to win.
"We hope that this will be an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments our students, dedicated teachers and helpful community partners have made," Murphy said. "Hopefully, the positive impact we've experienced will be seen by everyone."
As an example of what one of the exhibits will consist of, Murphy shared the challenge given to CHS students in the Southwire Engineering Academy.
"The instructors tasked the students with designing a smartphone application that could be used to calculate how much wire is remaining on a spool," the director said. "And the students took the challenge and designed an app that can be found and downloaded on Apple's App Store. And it's helped reduce the amount of wire that's leftover and goes to waste."
The app, titled Southwire Partial Reel Calculator, along with the accompanying wire spool, will be one of many exhibits for attendees to interact with at the showcase.
"All of the activities are project-based, so they give students the challenge to work together to solve real-world problems," Murphy said. "We're looking to show some of the innovation we think we've fostered by adding this mode of learning. The kids are more engaged and excited about this kind of learning than any other kind we offer that I've seen."
For more information about the showcase or STEM learning, visit www.carrolltoncityschools.net.