Sunday, May 1, 2011

End Of Course Exams Begin This Week

The so-called End-Of -Course exams begin for high school students in the Putnam County school system this week.  The exams begin Tuesday, May 3, 2011 with the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 3: Algebra I*

Wednesday, May 4: English II (10th)*

Thursday, May 5: Biology I*

Monday, May 9: Algebra II

Tuesday, May 10: English III (11th)

Wednesday, May 11: English I (9th)

Thursday, May 12: U.S. History

For the corresponding course, the End-of-Course test grade will count 20% of the second-semester grade for the 2010-2011 school year and 25% of the second semester grade in subsequent school years (2011-2012 and beyond).

Meanwhile, the final day of the school year is less than three weeks away, and some parents are already looking at things to do over the summer. Educators say one possibility is the state-of-the-art labs at TTU's Millard Oakley STEM Center.  The STEM Center is offering 30+ hands-on, minds-on EXPLORATION workshop experiences for students entering the 5th though 12th grades this fall. EXPLORATIONS are open to students in public, private and home schools (at grade equivalent).

"The Millard Oakley STEM Center for the Teaching and Learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a facility dedicated to the highest quality educational opportunities and experiences in STEM subjects for children, teachers and families throughout the Upper Cumberland and Tennessee," said Gail Gentry, the STEM Center's outreach coordinator.

"The Summer EXPLORATION Workshops are exciting ways to get students interested, involved and engaged in topics and subjects that are shaping our daily world and future," she continued.

Workshops for 5th – 8th range from making and racing fuel cell cars, working with worms, launching rockets, roller coasters and physics, to building a radio, the chemistry of make-up, and more. Students entering the 9th-12th grades can choose from electronics and robotics, vertebrate anatomy and dissection, energy's myths and legends, art of chemistry, metal casting and model engineering, GIS & GPS systems, just to name a few.

The classes range in price from $30 to $195. Some workshops are one three-hour session on a single day (morning or afternoon), while others may cover two-four days; workshops are no longer than three-hours per day. Online registration available.

For more information about the STEM Center and its programs visit the center's website, (see the "Kids & Families" section) or contact Christina Hatley, 931-372-6573.