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Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy

Dekalb County Schools


STEM at R. E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy

Learning Together...Full STE(A)M Ahead!
The vision of Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy is to become a school of excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math that prepares students that are ready to solve global challenges. 

McNair Discovery Learning Academy is home of the Thoroughbreds where our mission is to engage students in hands-on, real world experiences through grade level appropriate and student driven innovative practices embedded in STEM that allow our students to discover and apply their future ready skills in our global society. McNair's scholars engage in project-based learning experiences that challenge them to create solutions to real world problems. Our scholars have proven to be natural problem solvers, innovators, and entrepreneurs as they are becoming fully involved in the problem to profit model. In May of 2016, McNair Discovery Learning Academy had the prestigious honor of being named an AdvancED STEM Certified school (now Cognia).

The STEM program has expanded and now all students at McNair Discovery Learning Academy participate in STEM. Students engage in STEM lessons that include project-based learning experiences, engineering experiences, robotics, and coding lessons via the classroom and STEM Lab. Each lesson is an extension of the standards being taught in the general education classroom. Lessons in the STEM Lab are further tailored to meet the needs of every student by providing opportunity for students to be creative and critically think through various real-world challenges. Our students also actively display their knowledge and understanding by participating and have winning awards in Science Olympiad, Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl, SeaPerch Competition, and Technology Fair. 

STE(A)M in Action

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Congratulations are in order for eight creative scholars at Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy for winning the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's (ITEEA) Elementary STEM Council 2021 Grand Design Challenge. The students developed a prototype for a device that can assist small children or those who experience difficulty using their hands to tie their shoes. The school team has been invited to present their design at the ITEEA 2022 STEM Showcase at the annual conference in Orlando, Florida this coming March. 

We are so proud of our scholars! Lets help get them to Orlando. Please call the school at (678) 875-3402 for more information on how to donate.

CLICK HERE to check out the winning story!