STEM Bus earns finalist acclaim at national conference
The STEM Bus in Fayette County Public Schools was a national STEM Excellence Awards finalist at the 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference in Miami. This award goes to the top three schools or programs in three categories. The STEM Bus was recognized under elementary for the district’s work to bring science, technology, engineering, and math experiences to every third grader through school visits.
“The FCPS STEM Bus was selected from over a hundred international applications for the finalist position because of the innovation and educational impact of our STEM program,” said Amy Johns, associate director of Technology / Instructional Technology.
The program began in January 2019 after the district partnered with the Kloiber Foundation and NOMI Design to renovate a surplus school bus into a mobile classroom. Two district STEM learning coaches – Ashley Faulkner and Josh Rayburn – lead the instruction and activities. In the past year, the bus has visited more than 30 schools and participated in numerous community events to impact students from Lexington and beyond. To date, the STEM Bus has reached approximately 5,000 students.