Forty Knox County school teachers got a first-hand look at how math and science concepts in the classroom apply in the real world when they visited the Y-12 National Security Complex.

Vols4STEMForty Knox County middle and high school teachers got a first-hand look at how the math and science concepts they’re teaching in the classroom apply in the real world when they visited the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge Monday. The teachers came to Y-12 as part of Knox County’s second annual Vols4STEM In-Service Day.

“Being a teacher is one of the most important jobs there is. Our goal with the Vols4Stem program is to provide teachers with some hands-on, real-life examples of how STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – are used at Y-12 and around the world to bring big ideas to life every day,” said Y-12 engineer and inventor Lee Bzorgi, whose own STEM skills have resulted in numerous patented inventions and awards, including the prestigious R&D 100 Award.

“It’s difficult for students to understand how algebra or chemistry is going to help them 10, 15 or 20 years from now,” said Judith Holman, a math teacher at Bearden Middle School. “It’s always great when we can spend time with local businesses to learn more about what they’re doing and to take that knowledge and excitement back to the classroom.”

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Source: Public Affairs and Communications | B&W Y-12
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