Sponsors Needed for Student STEM Competition

Business sponsors are needed immediately to help two student teams get to a national science, technology, engineering and math competition in Indiana! After many months of hard work in designing, coding and constructing a technology based exergame, two Franklin Special School Districts schools have been invited to showcase their games at Purdue University in prestigious national competition called TECHFIT (Teaching Engineering Concepts to Harness Future Innovators and Technologists). Only seven invitations were issued and, based on a video submission and an on-site judges’ review, Poplar Grove Middle and Freedom Middle were selected to move on to the national competition, which will be held December 10 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Competing teams will be presenting their TECHFIT experience and demonstrating their exergame innovation at the Purdue Recreational Sports Facility. Now in its fifth year, TECHFIT is funded by the National Science Foundation and seeks to spark interest in STEM, especially computational thinking, in middle school children by teaching them how these skills will help them innovate technology-based fitness games (exergames). This past summer, 50 teachers from 30 schools in nine states completed an intensive, professional development program that equipped them with knowledge, skills, and technology to design and implement exergames. This fall most of these schools along with a few schools from past years ran their own 3-4 month afterschool program or taught a class during school to teach their students these same skills and to engage them in the design, development, programming, implementation, assessment, and promotion of their own “exergame” inventions. Only seven schools made the cut! In order to send all team members, the schools are reaching out...

Career Quest for 8th Graders to be Held Nov. 8

The 17th Annual World of Possibilities Career Exploration Day will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the Williamson County Agricultural Exposition Park. This comprehensive career day is being held to better inform eighth grade students about some of the career opportunities available in Middle Tennessee. Williamson County and Franklin Special School Districts recognize there are specific workforce needs for Williamson County and Middle Tennessee. We are taking an active role to introduce students to career opportunities and other emerging careers by offering more career education within the curriculum. As our 8th grade students prepare for the transition to high school and begin to think about post-high school career options, the World of Possibilities Career Quest is an excellent strategy for getting students authentically engaged in learning about careers. The 8th grade students will travel by school bus to the Williamson County Ag Expo Park and will be chaperoned by their teachers. Students will visit career exhibits based on their interests and ask questions to learn more about that particular career. We are proud to offer this opportunity to our eighth graders and appreciate the excellent participation of our exhibitors and...

Business Sponsors/Exhibitors Needed for Career Exploration Day

The 15th Annual World of Possibilities Career Exploration Day will be held Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park.  We are currently looking for business partners to sponsor and/or exhibit in this comprehensive career day, designed to inform 8th-  grade students about their career possibilities. The Franklin Special School District and Williamson County Schools recognize there are specific workforce needs for Williamson County and Middle Tennessee. We are taking an active role to introduce students to career opportunities and other emerging careers by offering more career education within the curriculum. The World of Possibilities Career Exploration Day is an excellent strategy for getting students authentically engaged in learning about careers. For more information or to find out how to participate, please visit the 2016 World of Possibilities Career Exploration Day...