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STEM School and Academy students win national award for classroom innovation

Written and submitted by Denise Gliwa

HIGHLANDS RANCH-  The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) recently announced the winners of the inaugural Think it Up Innovation Awards, selecting eight teams of students and teachers, among thousands of submissions, who exemplify the great work happening in America’s classrooms. STEM School and Academy’s four-student team, Band Together was one of the eight innovation winners, receiving $5,000 in funding credits to advance their outstanding work in the classroom.

The winning teams were selected from thousands of submissions by the Education Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ExxonMobil, Ashoka's Start Empathy Initiative,, EL Education, Learning Heroes and America Achieves. With topics ranging from bullying-prevention to beekeeping, all winning projects fostered curiosity and learning, academic rigor, leadership, character and student-teacher collaboration.

“These teams remind us what we can accomplish when we support and celebrate the tremendous effort of America’s students and teachers,” said Lisa Paulsen, CEO and President of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. “There’s no spotlight bright enough for the inventive, inspiring work they do every day.”

Band Together was the brainchild of four STEM School and Academy students, but eventually the excitement engaged the entire school. The students endeavored to create unity and love through music with the release of their very own album. The effort united students across the school as they learned the entire album production process and engaged local professional musicians to help them hone their new skills. Their hard work and dedication culminated in an album release concert and solidified their newfound passion to use music to make a difference in their school and community.

August 25, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Charter Schools

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