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
Plant mars wins international space competition!
STEM academy students competed in the international Plant Mars project against high schools from across the world. Their goal is to grow vegetables in Martian soil (regolith) in order to investigate the best way to maintain crop growth for future habitation of Mars. Their experiment involved using beans growth from a previous Martian regolith experiment in order to grow and harvest second generation beans. This approach was applauded by the research teams at NASA who awarded the students "Most Innovative Design." You can read more about it on the district website here
PLANT MARS! Wins $10,000 grant
Plant Mars is a international competition were students create experimental designs to grow beans in Martian soil. Students work through a semester long growing process were they have the opportunity to collaborate with college professors and NASA researchers. At the end of the growth period students submit a fill scientific report and video to be judged by a panel of international experts. Our students are currently working on genetic acclimation where they take each new generation of bean and grow it in higher ratio Martian soil until they have grown beans that are completely independent of the need for Earth fertilizers. Sprayberry STEM is currently the ONLY school in Cobb County competing in this competition and have been awarded a $10,000 CobbTank grant to continue this unique and ongoing research
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.