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STEM Stars

    • Northwestern and Potomac high schools were awarded nearly $100,000 in the inaugural Exelon Green Lab Grant to support initiatives in STEM and environmental sustainability. The Northwestern High School Eco-Club received a $50,000 grant to replace its greenhouse climate control system, create a horticultural education space, help students develop social and emotional skills, support an after-school leadership program and provide natural areas for students and staff to relax and socialize. The Potomac High School Green Team also received nearly $50,000 to implement Food that Fuels, a program that will use the school’s greenhouse as a community garden to improve access to healthy foods for students and residents. In partnership with The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, recipients are provided with funding to create or modernize new or existing spaces with interactive activities grounded in science, technology, math and/or engineering, among other disciplines.
    • Thomas Johnson Middle School won its third International Technology and Engineering Education Association (ITEEA ) award as an international STEM School of Excellence. 
    • Crossland's Culinary team won the regional NASA Hunch Cooking Competition and advanced to the top ten finalists round.
    • AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award — DuVal, Eleanor Roosevelt, CMIT North and CMIT South high schools received the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving either 50% or higher exam-taker representation in one of or both AP computer science courses, or a percentage of computer science exam-takers that meets or exceeds that of the school’s population of young women. An estimated 1,020 schools nationwide were recognized for their work toward equal gender representation in 2021.
    • Glider pilot — Charles Herbert Flowers High School sophomore Caleb Smith made history as one of the youngest certified private glider pilots. He achieved his first solo flight after 33 flights and has since flown more than 10  solo flights.
    • For the fourth consecutive year, Suitland Elementary School received an outstanding energy project award from the National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project. NEED trains and assists teachers in harnessing the energy of the classroom – the energy of students.
    • Science BowlMartin Luther King Jr. Middle School and Fort Foote Elementary won Science Bowl championships. Seven-time champ MLK picked up its fourth championship in six years as Fort Foote claimed its first title.