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Alabama shines at 37th annual SECME summer institute and national student competition day

From: The State of Alabama Department of Education

Alabama educators and students came together to celebrate "the best of the best" in STEM-focused education during the 37th Annual SECME Summer Institute's Professional Development, Pipeline Diversity Summit, and National Student Day Competitions.


A delegation of representatives from the Alabama State Department of Education and the state's public secondary and post secondary schools participated in professional development workshops and engineering-design competitions at the conference hosted by the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU)  College of Engineering in Daytona Beach, Fla.


SECME was founded in 1975 by the Engineering Deans from six southeastern universities:  Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Tuskegee. SECME's mission is to increase the pool of historically under-represented and under-served students who will be prepared to enter and complete post secondary studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), thus creating a diverse and globally competitive workforce.


Summer Institute professional development content presenters included:  Dr. Susan Davis, State Courses of Study Administrator, and Dr. Michal Robinson, Science Curriculum Specialist (Alabama State Department of Education); Myra Jackson, UA/UW Alabama Math, Science Technology Initiative (AMSTI); and Kim Worrell, Mobile County Schools.


Of special note were middle grades teachers/presenters who trained with collaborative university faculty as a component of Tuskegee University's Math and Science Partnership:  A NanoBio Science Partnership for the Alabama Black Belt Region. University faculty from Alabama State University, Auburn University, Tuskegee University, and The University of Alabama created content for the "Tuskegee NanoBio Science Academy," which was presented by: Belinda Hart (Macon County Schools); Bettie Lucky (Perry County Schools); Jane McGowan (Selma City Schools); Yolanda Nickelson (Dallas County Schools); and Melisa Smith (Montgomery County Schools).


Schools from Alabama were also well represented during the SECME National Student Day Competition, also held on the ERAU campus. Middle and high schools vied for awards such as "SECME Engineering Design:  Mousetrap Car," "SECME Engineering Design:  VEX Robotics," "SECME Essay" and "SECME Engineering Design:  Bottle Rocketry."  Walter T. McKee Middle School, Montgomery County Schools, was named the 3rd place Bottle Rocketry National Winner in the Middle School Division.


Today SECME is a non-profit alliance that extends to 70 school systems, 43 major engineering universities, and industries and agencies in 16 states, the District of Columbia, and Grand Bahamas. For more information, visit

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