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OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Students may still be on winter break, but Clinton City Schools leaders are hard at work forging a path to expand innovation in STEM education in their district and beyond.

Through a recently signed memorandum of understanding, ORAU and Clinton City Schools will partner to work together to enhance STEM education programming in the district.

The agreement was signed on Friday, Jan. 4. Leaders of both organizations gathered on ORAU’s Oak Ridge campus for the event.

ORAU and Clinton City Schools join forces for K-6 STEM education programming
Director of Clinton City Schools Kelly Johnson (left) and ORAU President and CEO Andy Page signed a memorandum of understanding on Jan. 4, 2019, creating a partnership to enhance STEM education programming in the district.

“We certainly value our ongoing relationship with the Clinton City School District,” Craig Layman, ORAU associate director of workforce development, said. “This agreement formalizes our working relationship for grants and other opportunities we are working on together. The more ways and the earlier we can get children interested and excited about STEM topics, the better off we are.”

ORAU has been leading the way in STEM education for more than 70 years, and the Clinton City School District has been among Tennessee’s leading school systems for more than 124 years. In addition to fostering a collaborative partnership for the creation of new programs, this unification will strengthen the school district’s competiveness for federal and private STEM grant opportunities that will help fund endeavors that impact more students.

“Providing a strong STEM education is vitally important in helping our students prepare for their futures, both in terms of possible careers and as fully functioning citizens of the world we live in today,” Kelly D. Johnson, director of Clinton City Schools, said. “Working with ORAU will help us grow an even stronger STEM education program that benefits our students.”

Specific programs will be announced at a later date, but some examples of potential programs for ORAU and Clinton City School include elementary (K-6) programs such as, but not limited to: robotics programs, maker space programs, teacher professional development, Meet a Scientist programs, chemistry magic shows, and Math and Movement Academy. Science education programs in conjunction with other community organizations that have a science focus could also be pursued under this agreement.

Recognizing that the future is dependent on today’s students, the mission of Clinton City Schools is to educate our students to achieve their full potential by providing a safe and challenging academic environment where standards are high and learning is a priority. To learn more, visit Clinton City Schools at

About ORAU

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 150 colleges and universities, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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