Tucker High School STEM Fundraiser

This year at Tucker High School, a group of teachers have started a STEM program. In our program, the students take all of their classes together and the teachers teach across the content areas using a central project. The first class of 30 students is comprised of 52% girls and and 68% minorities. This class will go through an intense 4-year program where they will complete the Engineering Pathway, take up to 8 AP courses, hold an internship and graduate with honors in hopes of giving them a hands-on learning experience throughout their entire high school career where they will be able to apply the things they have learned to their future colleges, jobs and careers. 

Our central project/theme is to improve the lake at Kelley Cofer Park that is near the school for public use. So far this year, the students have discovered five central issues with the lake they wish to design solutions for. They are: low dissolved oxygen, sediment, runoff, algae accumulation, and pollution. The students are currently collecting data in science, analyzing the data in math, and designing solutions based on that data in their engineering class. These solutions are real world-based designs that seek to return the lake to its past condition where there is a healthy fish population, the waters are cleaner and more people in the Tucker community can benefit from it. 

We do not however have all of the necessary funds to purchase the materials necessary to build the solutions the students are designing. The students have designed the following solutions and are asking you to assist in funding their builds so we can make Kelley Cofer Park and Lake an enjoyable community center for entertainment and recreational use.

- Low Dissolved Oxygen - Period-specific and environmentally designed water wheel to introduce oxygen.

- Runoff - Water filtration system to be placed underground near the lake to filter harmful phosphorus and other chemicals

- Sediment - Tools and equipment to pull up harmful sediment that has drained into the lake and the planting of trees, shrubs, and other foliage to improve the soil resistance around the lake.

- Pollution - Improved access to trash cans, recycling cans, and animal waste baskets and signage to direct people to waste bins.

- Algae accumulation - Algae-eating fish and naturally developed chemicals that safely eliminate algae from the lake surface and bottom of lake to assist in dissolved oxygen levels.

Through all of these projects, the students are in need of about $4,000 to complete each project. These projects are solutions to problems they have discovered and the implementation of these designs and solutions will furhter assist in their understanding and comprehension of going from the classroom content to real-world problems in our STEM Program.


Cory Booth
Tucker, GA

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