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January 04, 2019
January 4, 2019

ORAU and Clinton City Schools join forces for K-6 STEM education programming
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — Students may still be on winter break, but Clinton City Schools leaders are hard at work forging a path to expand innovation in STEM education in their district and beyond.
Through a recently signed memorandum of understanding, ORAU and Clinton City Schools will partner to work together to enhance STEM education programming in the district.
The agreement was signed on Friday, Jan. 4. Leaders of both organizations gathered on ORAU’s Oak Ridge campus for the event.  
“We certainly value our ongoing relationship with the Clinton City School District,” Craig Layman, ORAU associate director of workforce development, said. “This agreement formalizes our working relationship for grants and other opportunities we are working on together. The more ways and the earlier we can get children interested and excited about STEM topics, the better off we are.”
ORAU has been leading the way in STEM education for more than 70 years, and the Clinton City School District has been among Tennessee’s leading school systems for more than 124 years. In addition to fostering a collaborative partnership for the creation of new programs, this unification will strengthen the school district’s competiveness for federal and private STEM grant opportunities that will help fund endeavors that impact more students.
“Providing a strong STEM education is vitally important in helping our students prepare for their futures, both in terms of possible careers and as fully functioning citizens of the world we live in today,” Kelly D. Johnson, director of Clinton City Schools, said. “Working with ORAU will help us grow an even stronger STEM education program that benefits our students.”
Specific programs will be announced at a later date, but some examples of potential programs for ORAU and Clinton City School include elementary (K-6) programs such as, but not limited to: robotics programs, maker space programs, teacher professional development, Meet a Scientist programs, chemistry magic shows, and Math and Movement Academy. Science education programs in conjunction with other community organizations that have a science focus could also be pursued under this agreement.

Amy Schwinge