STEM Academy in Cumberland, Mecklenburg & Halifax

Students from Cumberland High School, Bluestone Middle School, Chase City Elementary School, Clarksville Elementary School, Halifax County High School, and Halifax County Middle School attended STEM Academy programs in June and July.


The 21st Century Community Learning Grant afforded the opportunity of approximately 25 Cumberland High School to attend the Summer 2015 STEM Academy:  Zombies on the Loose on the John H. Daniel Campus of Southside Virginia Community College the week of July 6-9.  Students were given a message from the CDC Monday morning that the  ZLP virus had attacked the cities of Baltimore, Chicago, Phoenix, and Seattle. Working in teams, students researched viruses and historical events related to viral outbreaks, designed and 3-D printed a device that would fit into the human ear to cure Zombiism, determined the best course of action to stop the spread of Zombiism, and created news broadcasts to alert the public of the disease and keep them up to date with additional findings.  Although this was a fictitious scenario, students discovered how science, technology, engineering and mathematics would assist communities and various other organizations respond in the most efficient way.

Katherine Clatterbuck, Ronnie Cole, John Lloyd, Dr. Christy Lowery-Carter, and Christy Shook designed and implemented the curriculum for the event.  Cumberland High School educators Myrna Barr, Mr. Hale, Todd Meinhard, and Mike Sutton completed a project slice the week before the camp and served as coaches for their team of 5-6 students.  On Thursday afternoon,  Dr. Amy Griffin, Dr. Chip Jones, and Jeff Scales served as judges judging the final products  and determining the winner of the CDC Choice Award.

Cumberland STEM Students


Bluestone Middle School, Chase City Elementary School, and Clarksville Elementary School selected approximately 80 students from their school division to participate in the Summer 2015 STEM Academy the week of June 22-25 on the John H. Daniel Campus of Southside Virginia Community College.  Students from the elementary schools were presented challenges each morning.  One such challenge required them to build a device that would safely land two astronauts on the moon without them falling out.  In addition, the students spent four days building a rollercoaster using card stock and tape.   Students from the middle school spent the week putting together a LEGO car and exploring the effects of gear ratios on the movement of the car.  Instructors created an obstacle course the last day for the students to race their cars.

Dr. Christy Lowery-Carter served as the director of the STEM Academy, Katie Clatterbuck and Christy Shook worked with the elementary students, and Ronnie Cole and Regan Priest worked with the middle school students.  Bluestone Middle School educators Claire Overstreet, Stephanie Leichty, Todd Muller, Walter Lindsey, and Mark Eckler served as coaches for the Lego event.  Chase City Elementary School educators Monte Ferrell, Melissa Roethlisberger, Robin Jones, Marion Elam, and Cathy Halbert and Clarksville Elementary School educators Kimberly Eure, Kathy Crowder, Shirley Madison, Jennifer Fuller, and Jessica Wright served as coaches for the elementary students.

Mecklenburg STEM Students



Through a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, Southside Virginia Community College, Halifax County High School, and Halifax County Middle School teamed together to offer the STEM 2015 Manufacturing in Southside Virginia at the Innovation Center the weeks of June 8-11 and June  15-18.  A team of SVCC instructors Katie Clatterbuck, Ronnie Cole, Dr. Christy Lowery-Carter, and Christy Shook worked diligently to create the curriculum and plan the event.  Halifax County educators Gloria Coles, Sandora Leigh-Faulkner, Aubree Mitchell, Cassie Prevett, Adam Reeves, and Tammie Saunders served as coaches for the event coaching four to five students in each camp.

Students were able to select from walnut, cherry, and maple wood samples to design a table clock.  In addition, they worked with a lathe, router, drill press, 3-D printer, and laser engraver to complete the design process building columns, a center piece, and a 3-D printed top fixture.  A team of judges determined the best clock in each camp based on consistency of clocks created by the teams, quality, a congruent theme, and creativity.

Halifax STEM Students