Professional guest speakers from across the country
The STEM academy regularly brings in guest speakers from around the country who are professionals in a wide variety of STEM fields. We think that it is vital for students to hear directly from people working in the field of what the day to day life is of a STEM professional and the steps to take to get there
Holder Construction Professional learning
The Sprayberry STEM academy is the first high school to team up with Holder Construction (the team behind building Mercedes-Benz stadium) in order to learn how to imagine, design, create, engineer, and ultimately build a mixed-used outdoor classroom here at Sprayberry High School. STEM students have the opportunity to learn from industry professionals who come to the school and teach our students how to use professional engineering and architectural software to create their designs. Students work in small teams which will submit designs for approval with the winning design actually being built on the grounds at Sprayberry High School. From design to construction, true hands-on engineering!
Girls who Code wins $10,000 grant
The Girls Who Code club is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping promote women in computer science fields. Dr. Oldham and the members of the club put together a proposal for CobbTank, an annual event where groups submit proposals to the community members and board of education members in order to receive funding (just like Shark Tank). After getting submitting a video application the club was able to go into the tank and submit their proposal and WON a $10,000 funding grant! The club has been able to buy a full set of laptops, iPads, subscriptions to coding websites, robotics equipment, Raspberry Pis, and interactive bluetooth connectivity building blocks that can be programmed with anything from sound, motion, and light.
Helping the community: assembling face shields
Sprayberry STEM academy has partnered with Atlanta Beats Covid (ABC) a local non-profit organization committed to creating and distributing PPE throughout areas in metro Atlanta including health care facilities and educational institutions. Sprayberry STEM has assembled and distributed over 1,000 face shields to local schools. Students helped analyze the different models of construction to determine the most appropriate designs using laser cutters, silicone molds, and 3D printing.
STEM focused Field Trips
The STEM Scholar academy takes regular field trips that take us to different places that showcase different parts of STEM fields. We have taken the STEM tour at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to learn about the Platinum LEED status and their commitment to environmental sustainability. We did a lesson on infectious diseases and then took a tour of the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. We also have taken a tour of Cobb EMC to learn about engineering and electricity in our community.