West Tennessee STEM Hub

Buckman STEM

2019 STEM Essay Competition

This year's competition is now closed! Check out the winning essays below. This year's topic:    

Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s STEM Solutions

High School Winning Submissions

Middle School Winning Submissions
  • Solving Water Pollution Problems Using STEM Technology by Jasmin Cruz of Southwind High School


2018 STEM Essay Competition

We are pleased to announce the 2018 Middle and High School STEM Essay Competition Winners! The winning essays will be posted soon. Congratulations to this year's winning submissions! 

Middle School Competition:

  • 1st Place: Mark Godberg, White Station Middle School - What is the Future of Electric Cars?

  • 2nd Place: Sydney Lee, White Station Middle School - The Need for Innovation in Energy, Water Supply, and Food Production

  • 3rd Place: Mylah Terry, Ridgeway Middle School - 3D Printing For Health

  • Honorable Mention: Sasha Freital, Millington Middle School - Solar Energy Advancements
  • Honorable Mention: Emma Sue Hiner, Millington Middle School - Solar Cells: History and Benefits
High School Competition:
  • 1st Place: Shridhar Athinarayanan, White Station High School - A  Shift  in  Perception:  The  Implementation  of  Intelligent  Transportation  Systems 

  • ‚Äč2nd Place: Lauren Milford, Middleton High School - Stemtastic  iPhone  Innovations! The Way STEM Ties Into Phones!  

  • 3rd Place: Ansley Stamper, Hutchison School - Electric  Cars  Changing  the  World:  The  New  Face  of  Renewable  Energy

Buckman STEM Challange

Special thanks to the 2017-2018 participants, Houston High School and Christian Brothers High School, for making the 4th annual Buckman STEM Innovation Challenge a success. These two schools were invited to address multiple real-world industrial situations and develop viable solutions using problem solving skills. Topics included:

  • Addressing sustainable corrosion in the steel industry
  • The accumulation of microorganisms, plants, or algae, or biofouling and developing sustainable materials for microorganism control
  • Identifying and exploring renewable materials as a source for water filtration.

Buckman congratulates CBHS on their winning presentation! Picture coming soon.

In the 2016-2017 academic school year, the Buckman STEM students took on real-world challenges in sustainable biofouling control programs and water clarification with renewable materials. Students from White Station High School and Memphis University School gained experience in creative problem-solving strategies as they were faced with relevent issues also faced by industry today. Congratulations to the winning team from White Station High School. All teams submitted outstanding projects and made excellent technical presentations- the Buckman judges were very impressed!

White Station High School's winning team is pictured below. Congratulations WSHS!



Buckman STEM Ambassadors:

Alia Burrows was the 2016-17 Buckman STEM Ambassador and she worked with Springdale Elementary in their STEM Classroom. We would like to thank her for the wonderful job she did for Springdale!  To learn more about Alia, download her STEM Spotlight. Big thanks to the other STEM Ambassadors who served Springdale in an 'on-call' capacity.  

Check out the new garden the Springdale Elementary students planted this year!