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March 31, 2017

STEM ShowcaseThe Southwestern Piedmont STEM Education Collaborative (SPSEC) celebrated the educational achievements of area elementary school students during the 2nd annual STEM Showcase at the Virginia Museum of Natural History on Saturday, April 8, 2017.  The event provided an opportunity for regional students in 3rd through 5th grades to showcase their STEM-related projects to the public. Each participating student was chosen by his or her school or school division within the Southwestern Piedmont region, which includes schools located in Franklin County, Henry County, Martinsville City, Patrick County, Pittsylvania County, as well as Henry County Home Educators.

"The STEM Showcase is an excellent way to recognize exceptional science and STEM-related projects in a public setting, while also highlighting the importance of STEM literacy within our region," said Sydney Brown, who serves as education coordinator at the Virginia Museum of Natural History and one of the event's lead organizers.

SPSEC member organizations and supporters were AmeriCorps - Dan River Year, Arconic, Eastman, First Piedmont Corporation, Franklin County Public Schools, Henry County Home Education Association, Henry County Public Schools, Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, Martinsville City Public Schools, National Society of Black Engineers, New College Institute, Patrick County Public Schools, Patrick Henry Community College, Piedmont Governor’s School, Pittsylvania County Public Schools, Reynolds Homestead, Virginia Museum of Natural History, and Virginia Tech.

Thank you to our sponsors:

First Piedmont

ArconicParticipating Schools Include:
Albert Harris Elementary
Boones Mill Elementary
Brosville Elementary
Burnt Chimney Elementary
Campbell Court Elementary
Chatham Elementary
Drewry Mason Elementary
Gretna Elementary
GW Carver Elementary
Henry County Home Educators
Henry Elementary
John L. Hurt Elementary
John Redd Smith Elementary
Kentuck Elementary
Martinsville Middle
Mount Olivet Elementary
Park Avenue Elementary
Patrick Henry Elementary
Rich Acres Elementary
Sanville Elementary
Sontag Elementary
Stanleytown Elementary

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