Valley High School Takes Top Honors in STEM Competition

MakerMinded program equips students with 21-century skills

December 17, 2020 – Valley High School took first place honors in the MakerMinded Kentucky 2020 competition, which inspires middle and high school students to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and advanced manufacturing careers and equip them with 21st-century skills.

Through the MakerMinded program, students earn points for completing STEM-based gaming activities and project-based learning tasks. Points are tallied on a real-time online leader board, with winners receiving cash awards that can help fund future STEM and advanced manufacturing education in their respective schools.

“I’m incredibly proud of our students, who are the next generation of innovators and makers,” said Valley Principal Mike Kelly. “They are not only surviving but thriving in this challenging remote-learning environment, and this award is just one example of that.”

More than 500 students and teachers from 32 schools across Kentucky are part of the national MakerMinded network. The program is sponsored by LIFT, the Detroit-based national manufacturing innovation institute and member of Manufacturing USA - and AdvanceKentucky, an initiative of Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation.