(WJHL) – Over the past 12 months, the Foundation has been able to raise $70,000 in cash and $35,000 from in-kind donations in order to retrofit a retired school bus into a mobile STEAM lab that will be used by 3rd and 4th-graders in the eight Johnson City elementary schools.
“The Ribbon-Cutting for the STEAM Bus is a celebration of a year’s hard work by many people,” JCPSF President Amy Stover said. “Because of our community – businesses, the school system, the foundation, and individuals – this bus is getting ready to roll. We wanted to make this event one that everyone can enjoy, as a way to thank all our supporters.”
The ribbon cutting begins at 4 pm at the Mall at Johnson City with inflatables for kids and food trucks that will be in the parking lot. STEAM Bus tours will start at 4:30 p.m., as teachers will lead guided tours through the bus to show how it will be used.
At 6 pm, members of the Foundation, Johnson City Chamber of Commerce and an elementary student from each school will officially cut the ribbon for the Johnson City Schools’ STEAM Bus.
Lesson modules that will be on the STEAM Bus include activities with renewable energy, crime forensics, roller coasters, robotics, studying biomes and much more.