Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering Partners with Smith & Nephew for STEM in Motion Program

Program Modeled After the Acclaimed MC2 STEM High School in Cleveland  

MEMPHIS, Tennessee, June 14, 2017 – Memphis Bioworks Foundation, Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering (MASE) and Smith & Nephew have joined together to create a unique educational high school experience for Memphis students called STEM in Motion. This first of its kind public-private partnership in Memphis will give qualified students an integrated and unique senior year curriculum that is informed by real-world experiences at Smith & Nephew.

STEM in Motion will take 10-12 elite 12th graders from MASE who are interested in pursuing postsecondary STEM opportunities and allow them to complete their senior year on a Satellite Campus housed at Smith & Nephew. Daily coursework will be facilitated by MASE instructors, but with the participation and real-world mentoring and partnership of employees of Smith & Nephew. STEM in Motion will provide students opportunities to develop engineering solutions to today’s “real world” problems. Their work products will enter the work streams of professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians. The program will also integrate the Expeditionary Learning Schools model, which is already achieving terrific results in 152 “Expeditionary Learning” schools across 30 states.

“One of the great disconnects in education today is that students don’t get a chance to see the value of what they are learning in action, in a real-world situation,” said Rodrick Gaston, Executive Director at Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering. “The goal is both a more complete educational experience for students who are able to see their own future in the mentors they are working with, and spurring them to continue on professional paths through the next level of education.”

A typical day would involve the students arriving at MASE and being transported to Smith & Nephew. There they would alternate between classroom instruction provided by MASE faculty, shadowing mentors, mentor lessons and participating in research and projects. Students are returned to the MASE campus to end the day.

“Smith & Nephew is honored to share our campus and our employee mentors with MASE students and faculty. This is an exciting opportunity to embark on the STEM in Motion Program for the first time in Memphis,” said Jessica Becker, Senior Director of Quality at Smith & Nephew. “MASE and Smith & Nephew have been working together in various capacities since MASE first opened in 2003. We are looking forward to growing that relationship in the coming school year by being the first STEM in Motion partner for MASE.”

Students may apply for the STEM in Motion opportunity at Smith & Nephew, both from within the current MASE enrollment and as new applicants to MASE. As many as 10 to 12 students will enroll in the program in the 2017-18 school year. MASE is interested in and expects to attract additional corporate partners for the 2018-19 school year, expanding the opportunities and corporate environments for students.

About MASE:
MASE, founded by Memphis Bioworks, opened in 2003 as the first charter school approved in the State of Tennessee. There are 480 students enrolled in grades 6 through 12, participating in its STEM focused curriculum. Students attend MASE, a Title 1 School, from more than 29 different Memphis ZIP codes. The goal at MASE is to help students develop the academic tools they need to become effective and productive members of the 21st century workforce.

About Smith & Nephew:
Smith & Nephew is a global medical technology business dedicated to helping healthcare professionals improve people’s lives. With leadership positions in Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine and Trauma & Extremities, Smith & Nephew has around 15,000 employees world-wide and a presence in more than 100 countries. For more than 80 years, Smith & Nephew has been a part of the Memphis community and employs more than 2,000 employees in a variety of fields including, design and manufacturing, marketing, Research & Development, and more.

Annual sales in 2016 were almost $4.7 billion. Smith & Nephew is a member of the FTSE100 (LSE:SN, NYSE:SNN). For more information about Smith & Nephew, please visit our website, follow @SmithNephewplc on Twitter or visit SmithNephewplc on