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A look at some of the STEM projects rural students participate in:

Graham Local Schools (Ohio)

  • Trout in the classroom: Fourth- and fifth-graders hatch and release trout, learn how to protect fish, run a sustainable food business and operate an environmentally friendly fishery.
  • Falcon Farms: Middle and high school students grow corn and soybeans on a district-run sustainable farm.

LINK TO MAIN STORY: STEM for small-town schools


Winfield City Schools (Alabama)

  • Student spaceflight experiments: Seventh-graders won a NASA competition to design an experiment for astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The project seeks to determine whether the ubiquitous Southern kudzu vine can germinate in microgravity.
  • Internet coffee shop: High school business students run a coffee shop that offers customers internet access.

Putnam County School District (Florida)

  • Bicycle club: Middle school students learn STEM concepts as they assemble bicycles.
  • Web Krewe: High school students learn coding while they create a website for a local nonprofit.

Deborah Yaffe is a freelance writer in New Jersey.