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Maury Middle School Lego Team Takes 3rd Place in Competition

Cookeville, TN - The Lego League from Maury Middle School participated in the First Lego League competition sponsored by Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, TN. The team from Maury brought home the 3rd place programming award. Congratulations to the teachers and students who represented Jefferson County Schools.

The First Lego League is an international competition for elementary and middle school students (ages 9-14 in the USA and Canada, 9-16 elsewhere). It is arranged by the FIRST organization. Each year the contest focuses on a different real-world topic related to the sciences. Each challenge within the competition then revolves around that theme. The robotics part of the competition revolves around designing and programming of Lego Robots to complete tasks. The students work out solutions to the various problems they are given and then meet for regional tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots.



Jefferson County Science Content Leaders Attend the State Training on the New Standards

Nashville, TN – Jefferson County teachers Mark Labig (JCHS), Shannon Ballard (JCHS), and Kelly Johnston (Maury) attended content leader training in Nashville on February 6, 2018. The training provided the teachers with an in-depth look at the Tennessee Academic Standards for Science that will be implemented state-wide during the 2018-19 school year. The content leaders will provide support with implementing the new science standards. 



Jefferson County Schools holds 2017 Jefferson County 5th Grade Science Fair

Dandridge, TN – Jefferson County Schools held the 2017 Jefferson County Science 5th Grade Science Fair at Dandridge Elementary School on November 16, 2017, and featured student projects from Dandridge Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, New Market Elementary, Piedmont Elementary, Rush Strong School, Talbot Elementary, and White Pine School.

Twenty-five fifth-grade students participated in the district’s science fair held on Thursday evening at Dandridge Elementary School. The students won the science fair at their local school before moving on to the district fair held on Thursday evening.

The district awarded first prize to Conor Dolin of Dandridge Elementary School. Conor’s project was entitled Kindergarten vs. 5th Grade. He received a silver medal of participation, a gold medal for placing, and a drone.

Second prize went to White Pine School’s Kelly Romines for the project titled Growing Bread Mold. Kelly received a gold and silver medal as well as a Smithsonian microscope kit.

Third prize was awarded to Ryan Delia for his project Potato Chip Science. Ryan received a gold and silver medal in the competition. He also received a coding game. Ryan attends Piedmont Elementary School.

The fair was judged by Dr. Brenda Dean and Jan Coley of Carson-Newman University. Activities were provided by Lisa Walker of Maury Middle School.

Photos from the event are available in the gallery below.


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