STEM@BROWN

Home of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program at Brown Elementary School in Jackson, MS, under the auspices of  the 
Toyota USA Foundation and the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation (MSCEI), and Jackson Public School District.

Promoting educational equity and social integration through science, coding and technology
In October of 2014, Brown Elementary was awarded a three year STEM grant from the Toyota Foundation to support implementation of STEM initiatives.  We now house the first formal elementary STEM lab and STEM driven program in the Jackson Public School District. Dr. Cedrick Gray, Superintendent for Jackson Public Schools (JPS) and Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber held a joint press conference at Brown Elementary School where the District's first STEM focused school is housed to  announce a grant award dedicated to significant improvements to Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs in the district's elementary division. 

Through the Toyota USA Foundation and the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation (MSCEI), Jackson Public Schools is the recipient of $412,945 in direct assistance over the next three years. The funds will provide pre-K through fifth grade students and teachers hands-on STEM experiences that will create opportunities to expose and excite them about the field and to create a culture for further career exploration and possibilities. 

STEM Lab@Brown in its last year:
This is the last year of Toyota's program. Over the summer we ran an incredibly fun STEM Summer Camp. MSCEI partnered with 

a number of greatly talented Brown Elementary teachers and Operation Shoestring to have a very much a literal blast serving some 200  students or so from two middle schools and Brown Elementary. We taught a total of 9 classes designed at Brown Lab. 

Project Freedom, STEM@Brown collaborates with NunoErin on empowering youth through creativity and rigor. Here Nuno and Erin are visiting the STEM Lab to present students with their vision of Project Freedom. The next day Erin gave an awesome talk at TEDx Jackson on empowering youth and young adults through local action and commitment. We are very excited to work with these two wonderful designers and artists and very special individuals.  
 Erin, Nuno, Catherine, and Darkois 

Find out more about Project Freedom @ freedom.brownjps.org.

December17, Project Freedom Brainstorming



Here are some of the initial effects of STEM@Brown in practice through students' eyes.

STEM@Brown.E.




"This year’s grant recipients are among the most innovative education programs in the country, said Michael Rouse, Toyota USA Foundation President, in a statement on the Foundation's website. "We are inspired by their work and look forward to seeing what their students will accomplish, both this school year and beyond." "Investing in STEM programs is how JPS sets the standard, not only for Jackson, but for a much wider community" added Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber.


STEM@Brown, Thursday





STEM@Brown,Tuesday





Very young girls code





Lego WeDo for first and second grade engineers





Why STEM?
​People as high up as President Obama have insisted that the new literacy model include not just English and mathematics, but just as importantly, an understanding of STEM components such as robotics, computing and coding. Many well-paid professions require programming ability with more jobs moving in that direction. Today, it is nearly impossible to work in finance and many of the sciences without programming skills. Most new high value companies are in the STEM field.