STEM Academy @ Henderson Newsletter

March 2021

Greetings Warrior Families:

This message is from Ms. McCloud, the STEM Assistant Principal here at Henderson Middle School. We are Full STEM Ahead here at Henderson, our students are taking charge of their learning through development of PBL projects, participation in community partnerships, solving community issues through collaboration, communication and creativity and engaging in the engineering design process to solve problems and thinking globally in their STEM Elective course! We are excited to continue to see what each and every student will do today, tomorrow and in the future!

Celebrating Women's History Month: Women in STEM Spotlight!

Mae C. Jemison is an American astronaut and physician who, on June 4, 1987, became the first African American woman to be admitted into NASA’s astronaut training program. On September 12, 1992, Jemison finally flew into space with six other astronauts aboard the Endeavour on mission STS47, becoming the first African American woman in space. In recognition of her accomplishments, Jemison has received several awards and honorary doctorates.

Is there a Hurricane in the Forecast: Science and Math PBL Project:

Students in 6th grade science and math courses were challenged with the task of creating Public Service Announcements to inform the community of the dangers of hurricanes. Utilizing the example of Hurricane Harvey Student shared facts about Hurricane Harvey and its impact and useful tips to stay safe!

Here are some sample projects from Science and Math:

Checkout our Community Partners! Thank you for your continued support of our students!

The STEM Academy at Henderson Middle School has also had the pleasure of working with several community partnerships this year, to get students immersed into STEM!

• The James River Valley Links Incorporated

• Capital One Coders

• VCU Code Beats

• VCU College of Engineering

• Agile4Learners with Capital One

How are Community Partners work with our students...

Each of these programs are infused into our STEM elective course during the school day. Program volunteers, chapter members and leaders and special guest speakers work collectively to develop lessons and activities for students. In addition to this the program facilitators also work closely with teachers to ensure students are able to access the programs provided and provide feedback as needed from both students and teachers on the program’s implementation.

Through participation in these amazing programs students have been provided with opportunities to participate in STEM related activities such as coding, engineering models, and healthy lifestyles through the Links program. For example, the JRV Links program has also provided exposure to STEM careers, exposure to STEM related topics and lessons, guest speakers sharing their experiences in STEM Fields. In addition the VCU code beats program has helped student's develop coding skills to make beats using Sonic Pi software as well as building digital citizenship through the use of live feeds. Moreover, through our partnership with Capital One we have been able to bring forth 2 programs to our STEM academy. The first Capital One Program: Capital One Coders provided students with exposure to block coding, development of problem-solving skills, exploration of creativity and student-centered learning activities during their first semester STEM course. Students who participated also received tech (tablets) to support their program experience with Capital One Coders. Lastly, our most recent partnership with Agile4Learners teaches students SCRUM and Agile principles that will help build their collaboration and teamwork skills to complete projects more efficiently and effectively.

Partnership Spotlight: The JRV Links incorporated

Huge thank you to one of our community partners the James River Valley Links Chapter for selecting our STEM academy students to be members of the first JRV Links incorporated chapter in Richmond Public Schools!

Thanks you for your continuous support of our STEM academy and providing engaging, exciting lessons that expose students to STEM careers, activities and so much more!

STEM at Home!

Here are some cool STEM activities you and your student can try at home!

Test out your engineering and design skills by building your very own spaghetti tower! Challenge yourself to create tower design that can withstand things like wind, rain or that can stand on their own!

Materials Needed:

  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Tape
  • Strings
  • Marshmallows

Checkout the link below with instructions on how to do this fun STEM activity:,that%20can%20SUPPORT%20a%20marshmallow.

Our Mission and Vision for the STEM Academy at Henderson Middle School


The mission of the Warrior STEM Academy is to empower all scholars by fostering critical thinking, daily academic application, encouraging scholars to take ownership of their learning and development through rigorous opportunities and expectations in order to prepare globally competitive life-long learners.


All Thomas H. Henderson STEM Academy students will exemplify a globally competitive scholar with a foundation to succeed academically and socially.

Still want more details? Check out our STEM academy Website!

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