Army Corps of Engineers recognized for Externship of the Year
On May 12, 2014, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the annual Academy Awards. Teachers, principals, business partners, and community interest groups came together to celebrate the achievements of the 2013-2014 school year and recognize those schools that have made outstanding gains. The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE) Nashville District hosted an externship for Stratford STEM Magnet High School teachers during the summer of 2013 to provide them hands-on experience, develop a project-based curriculum, and facilitate applied learning. The teachers visited dams, lakes, and construction sites, and received briefings on scientific and engineering processes. They interactive with subject matter experts and learned how USACE provides collaborative water resource engineering solutions, public-infrassturcture management, and environmental stewardship the Cumberland-Tennessee River systems. They also processed water samples at J. Percy Priest Lake that they later used to develop lessons for a class study of local streams. They engaged teachers, staff, students, and community partners through a school-level, USACE- sponsored science and engineering fair and during the Freshman Academy's Water Quality Projects. The results of the partnership is that more knowledgeable teachers and stronger curriculum give students industry exposure and connect regional educators with the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub.