News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Chrysten Crockett
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May 27, 2014

 York Tech Helps Bring STEM Education to the Literary World

ROCK HILL, SC  Fort Mill High School English Teacher Adrienne Bynum gave a special thanks to York Technical College after taking home the win for Best STEM Integration Teacher 2014 at the PBS Charlotte/CPCC First Regional STEM Awards.

With the help of York Tech's faculty and resources, Bynum was able to incorporated STEM education into her class reading project of Harper Lee’s 1960 classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In order to solve the crime in the book, where a character was falsely accused of rape, Bynum partnered with York Tech to give her students the opportunity to conduct research, DNA sampling, forensics and fingerprinting. She then had her students use critical thinking to write research papers that included evidence and analysis to change the ending of the novel.

“My category was first to be announced and I had no idea I was going to end up giving an acceptance speech. I chose to explain my project so the audience could understand how science was incorporated with English,” Bynum said.

Teachers and students representing the entire North Carolina and South Carolina region attended the awards ceremony to showcase STEM projects that were judged based on STEM content, rationale, research, design, entrepreneurship, data collection, project analysis, and communication.

“The work with Ms. Bynum’s students is a primary example of how we hope to plant seeds of interest early to grow future leaders in STEM related fields. We congratulate Ms. Bynum on her award and hope that she will continue to integrate such unique approaches to STEM education across the curriculum,” said York Tech Science Department Chair Jennifer Morgan.

The more society becomes dependent on advances in medicine, technology, research and engineering, the more STEM education becomes an integral part of the future of education. York Tech’s mission of ‘building our community through maximizing student success’ is the College’s commitment to continue to support STEM initiatives in its own classrooms as well as classrooms throughout the community.

The awards ceremony was broadcasted on PBS Charlotte. To hear Ms. Bynum describe her project in full click here.


About York Technical College:
York Technical College, is a public, two-year institution of higher education that offers a variety of associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. York Technical College’s mission is: Building Our Community Through Maximizing Student Success.



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