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Dobyns-Bennett makes Newsweek's Best STEM High Schools List

Community Contributor Marybeth McLain • Nov 15, 2019 at 8:30 AM

KINGSPORT — Dobyns-Bennett High School has been recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of the Top 5,000 STEM  schools named by STEM.org. The designation honors excellence in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

With its long history of reporting on scientific breakthroughs, technological revolutions and societal challenges, Newsweek partnered with STEM.org to rank America’s Best STEM High Schools. The list includes schools in every region of the country that offers skilled teachers who remain knowledgeable of developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students.

“This recognition is a celebration of teacher investment, community support and, most importantly, student effort and desire for success,” D-B Principal Chris Hampton said. “STEM education has always been important, but it is especially important when you live in a community where the elements of STEM education are so heavily embedded. Our local economy through business, industry, and tourism depends heavily on STEM skills and careers, and we are proud to support those endeavors. Regardless of their passions, we want students to have the experiences and skills to meet their goals and exceed their dreams, while contributing significantly to our community.”

The top 5,000 schools were curated from STEM.org Education Research (SER) using a proprietary scoring logic that took into consideration a broad set of quantitative and qualitative data inputs collected from the second quarter of 2015 to the third quarter of 2019. The purpose was to determine which primary/secondary institutions in America best offer students experiences in STEM, as defined by the Congressional Research Service, while preparing students for post-secondary outcomes. Additional factors, including affluence and median household income, were taken into consideration in compiling the rankings.

“Children don’t realize it, but they’re natural STEM students,” says Nancy Cooper, Newsweek global editor in chief. “We need to make sure that innate drive, curiosity, and creativity aren’t lost along the way. These high schools are helping to ensure Americans’ future in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is in good hands.”

The complete list of 5,000 Top STEM High Schools became available on Newsweek.com Nov. 8, National STEM Day. Newsweek and D-B ask that people use #NewsweekSTEM on social media to recognize this honor.