Rutherford County’s STEM Expo has grown from 22 projects and displays to 92 last year and 164 this year. In fact, this year’s third annual expo, held earlier this month, drew 1,096 attendees, was relocated to the Tennessee Miller Coliseum. The 2019 attendance went from 690 last year and 137 the year before.
This year’s attendance figures exceeded expected growth by more than 30 percent.
“The RCS STEM Expo has grown substantially over the past couple of years,” said Stephanie Finely, the pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade science specialist for Rutherford County Schools.
“This amount of growth shows student interest in STEM and STEM-related careers is sky rocketing, which we owe to the passionate teachers we have working for Rutherford County Schools that positively influence and guide our students towards this pathway on a daily basis.
There were more than 80 engineering displays and more than 60 STEM research projects. There were also agriculture displays this year as well.