New STEM program headquartered in Kingsport provides students with engineering opportunities

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Students in our region have a new opportunity to learn about science and technology thanks to a critical new program headquartered in Kingsport.

It’s called STREAMWORKS – a partnership with Eastman Chemical Company.

STREAMWORKS just opened a brand new โ€œStem Gymโ€ in downtown Kingsport, to serve as a place for students to build robots or practice for robotics competitions. That could open up doors for them to eventually land a job in science or engineering.

DB-Excel sophomore Gavin Bentley built an ROV โ€“ remotely operated vehicle โ€“ that works underwater.

โ€œWe started a couple months ago with just a box of parts,โ€ Gavin said.

The robot was constructed in a classroom, but now, Gavin and other students have a new workshop in downtown Kingsport. Itโ€™s a facility with centralized resources for kids to learn and build robots.

โ€œWe needed a place for these kids to be able to prototype and build with high ceilings,โ€ said STREAMWORKS Executive Director, Dennis Courtney. โ€œThe goal is to promote healthy communities through economic 21st century work force development. We want to see every kid go pro. We want to see that every kid gets a chance.โ€

Teaching lessons that extend far beyond a text book and making a lasting impact on the economy and community.

โ€œEducation is your way out of poverty, education is your way out of prison, education is your way out of drugs, education is your way to hope and peace,โ€ Courtney said.

That
โ€™s something that Courtney says can start in the STREAMWORKS building, a place he hopes paves the way for students like Gavin to a future stem career.

โ€œThose of us who really care about our secondary education and our life after high school, this is really just the step that we needed to get there,โ€ said Gavin.

 

STREAMWORKS is looking for other community partners, too.  If you’re interested, head to their website โ€“ www.streamworkseducation.org.

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