Archives for January 2014

Space Age Technology to Fix Classroom Challenges

Our students and teachers excel in critical thinking and problem solving. When Stratford STEM Magnet High School teachers were unable to adjust the temperatures in their classrooms because of broken unit knobs, students took initiative to fix the problem. Engineering teacher, Erik Boczko, shares his students’ story below. 


In a recent update NASA officials described how future manned missions to Mars would include an onboard 3D printer to manufacture any needed parts during the mission. This strategy is already being played out at Stratford STEM Magnet High School today.

While many of the classrooms at Stratford have been updated to a digital programmable control panel, several of the classrooms have legacy heating and air conditioning units whose temperature settings are under analog control via the turning of a dial. In passing conversation, it came to the attention of the engineering department that many of these knobs have been broken or gone missing and that there is a critical shortage of these items.

The sophomore students in the Technological Design Department are always asking for design challenges so when this opportunity presented itself they were more than game. Two students working together as a team used calipers to carefully measured one of the few remaining knobs and then modelled the part in Autodesk Inventor 2013. This process took two class periods and a lunch break to complete.

A prototype was printed on the uPrint SE/plus 3D printer in less than an hour and tested for functionality (see photo). The prototype passed with flying colors, and multiples are currently being printed to replace and restock the dwindling supply.

This type of assignment in which students measure and model an object is a standard part of the Technological Design course. However with the availability of 3D printers this standard assignment now concretely demonstrates the real world applicability of the engineering design process and creates a stronger sense of community within Stratford.

Academy Showcase Schedule

Metro zoned high schools are showing families what they have to offer (hint: something for everyone) at the Academies of Nashville Showcases.

These days, Metro’s zoned high schools offer students complete high school experiences in fields like medicine, marketing, business, alternative energy, digital design and more.

Come take a peek at what our zoned high schools can do for you and your family. Here’s the schedule:

  • Antioch High School – Thursday, Jan. 23 at 5:30pm
  • Cane Ridge High School – Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6pm
  • Glencliff High School – Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6pm
  • Hillsboro High School – Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6pm
  • Hillwood High School – Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6pm
  • Hunters Lane High School – Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6pm
  • Maplewood High School – Monday, Jan, 27 at 6:30pm
  • McGavock High School – Thursday, Jan. 23 at 6pm
  • Overton High School – Thursday, Feb. 20 at 6pm
  • Pearl-Cohn High School – Thursday, Feb. 6 at 6pm
  • Stratford High School – Thursday, Feb. 13 at 5:30pm
  • Whites Creek High School – Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6pm

Academy Ambassadors Named Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year

In its 29th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, announced Bailee Dean of Cane Ridge High School as its 2013-2014 Gatorade Tennessee Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year.  Dean is the first Gatorade Tennessee Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Cane Ridge High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse, distinguishes Dean as Tennessee’s best high school girls cross country runner. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award to be announced later this month.

The 5-fort-4 junior raced to the Class AAA individual state championship this past season with a time of 18:08.4. The 2013 Tennessean All-Midstate Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, Dean was the fastest Tennessee competitor at the 2013 Foot Locker South Regional championship, clocking a 17:51 to cross the line in 23rd place.

Dean has maintained a 3.71 GPA in the classroom. A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Health Occupations  Students of America, she has volunteered locally at an area nursing home and as a junior academy ambassador in the Academy of Health Management.

“Bailee Dean is a unique individual who can amaze you with what she is capable of achieving both academically and athletically,” said Cane Ridge High School head coach Corene Minchin. “Her determination for success is among the top one percent of anyone I have ever met, yet she is still humble.”

Dean will begin her senior year of high school this fall.