NEWPORT—An average of 30 students per day attended the 2019 Summer STEM Academy held recently to prepare incoming high school freshmen be better equipped for their future science courses.
Teachers from Cocke County High School (Sheila Huskey, Dr. Mitzi Hall, and Bradley Gregg), Smoky Mountain Elementary School (Brittany Dennis and Teresa Gilland), Grassy Fork Elementary (Mark Tocholke), and Centerview Elementary (David Gogellers) joined together to lead the program.
The academy was held from 8:30–3:00 p.m. daily, starting with breakfast as the Red Rooster Cafe. Students then participated in two morning sessions, followed by lunch. A third session was held in the afternoon. Wrapping up the day was a campus tour and various STEM activities.
Highlights of the academy included such projects as “the Big Bang” (joining sodium and water to create an explosion), the Pringles Ring challenge, making a cup pyramid without touching the cups and only using four pieces of yarn and a rubber band, and building the “Tallest Tower” using only index cards and scissors.