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Laing Middle School Wins Top Honor at National Conference

Laing Middle School Wins Top Honor at National Conference
Posted on 01/30/2017
Laing Middle School of Science and Technology received a prestigious honor this week. The Braves were named the top Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) middle school in the country at the 37th National Future of Education and Technology Conference last week.

“This award is a tribute to the tremendous work of our students and staff along with the support of our parents and community partners,” said James Whitehair, Principal of Laing Middle School of Science and Technology. “Our STEM philosophy is a unique approach that breaks away from the traditional educational approach.”

Principal Whitehair and several staff members, including the school’s STEM coach, Dr. Mel Goodwin, attended the event in Orlando, FL. Laing Middle School was a finalist for this award in 2016, but did not win the top honor. 2017 is a different story.

“The teachers deserve an enormous amount of credit with executing the finer details of the program,” added Whitehair. “By creating a student-centered environment that utilizes the tools of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to solve problems, our students will be equipped with the skills needed to succeed in higher education and the 21st century workplace.”

Engineering and Science University Magnet Middle School of New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut and Rose Park Magnet Middle Prep of Metro Nashville Public Schools in Tennessee were the other two finalists for this year’s award. Over 100 schools applied for this honor.

The Future of Education and Technology Conference STEM Excellence Awards applications are evaluated based on the use of interdisciplinary curriculum, collaboration, design, problem-solving, and the STEM experiences offered.
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