Blount County's first STEM academy to start classes Friday

Blount County's first STEM academy to start classes Friday

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This building is just the first of many buildings planned at the school. This building is just the first of many buildings planned at the school.
"We are one-on-one with technology. We have Apple iPad 4's and it's going to be a very innovative curriculum that really emphasizes science," Executive Director Pat Bradley said. "We are one-on-one with technology. We have Apple iPad 4's and it's going to be a very innovative curriculum that really emphasizes science," Executive Director Pat Bradley said.
Teachers attend in-service ahead of Friday's big opening. Teachers attend in-service ahead of Friday's big opening.
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By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

MARYVILLE (WATE) - The very first STEM academy in Blount County is schedule to open up this week to students.

STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and math - have been getting more emphasis in recent rounds of educational reform.

The Clayton-Bradley STEM Academy, located on Alcoa Trail Road in Maryville, opens to students on Friday.

Pat Bradley, the school's executive director, gave 6 News a tour of the new school on Wednesday.

"The school is ready to go. Teachers have been very involved in the last few months of planning curriculum and getting all those thing in to place," Bradley said.

The new STEM academy will start with grades K-6. They plan to add a grade each year until the school is K-12.

Eighty students are currently enrolled. They have a limit of 20 students per grade and still have room for more students.

"We are one-on-one with technology. We have Apple iPad 4's and it's going to be a very innovative curriculum that really emphasizes science," Bradley said.

On Wednesday, the seven teachers at the academy were going through in-service in preparation for opening day.

The academy, which is broken into separate buildings, only took three months to build. The project manager says the design is state-of-the-art.

"We have LED lights, high efficiency units, theatrical systems all are LED. They are all interconnected with fiber optics," said project manager Chris Duncan.

The buildings currently at the STEM academy are just the first phase of the project. Starting very soon, crews will start construction on a new gym, middle school and high school.

Bradley says she is very pleased with the way the school turned out and is excited to see the classroom filled with students.

On Thursday, the school will host an open house for parents who have students already enrolled in the school.

On Friday, they will have a ribbon cutting for the first day of class.

For more information on the Clayton-Bradley STEM Academy, visit the school's website.

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