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MLK Scholars Awarded Scholarships

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Six Leon County students were awarded $1,000 scholarships Wednesday at Leon County’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

The celebration was hosted by The MLK Foundation Inc. and Inter-Civic Council of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Two students each from Rickards High School, Godby High School and FAMU DRS were recognized.

Recipients of this year’s scholarships were Rickards’ Arianna Jones and Ryan Little, Godby’s Ayliah Chukes and Taurique Clark and FAMU DRS’ Tearrius Jackson and Deja Harris.

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Congratulations to Our Best and Brightest

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 FAMU DRS Best and Brightest School Representatives! We are very proud of our scholars and celebrate their accomplishments.

Science & Health - Kaniyah Harris
Art - Darell Williams
English - Shanice Strong
Music - Makaylah Jackson
Leadership - Deja Haire
Drama/Performing Arts - Jarrett Johnson
Athletics - Suraya Wash
Career Technology - Joshua Israel
Technology - Anthony Forbes
Journalism - Ari Dorsey
Business - Tykira Adderley
Foreign Language - Antwania Davis
Public Speaking - Amani Hankins
Social Science - Lanaija McMillan

Thank you to our FAMU DRS Best and Brightest Advisor, Mr. Anthony Thompson.

FAMU DRS' New Partnership to Provide Identity-Affirming Instruction

Florida A&M University Developmental Research School (FAMU DRS)
recently established a partnership with Reconstruction US, an organization offering a unique curriculum designed for diverse students.

The innovative curriculum is delivered online by real instructors and offers students a variety of courses not typically available in traditional classroom settings.

"This is an opportunity to provide fresh and neoteric instruction methods and ideas while also celebrating the global contributions of Black people," said FAMU DRS Superintendent Micheal Johnson.

Using a rigorous curriculum, Reconstruction US instructors will lead small groups of six to 10 students in discussions, classroom activities and laboratory projects.

"Positive, identify-affirming education is crucial to and for our students," Johnson said." Strengthening cultural identity and negating stereotypes through rigorous instruction is a win for all of us."

This semester, FAMU DRS will begin the partnership with a pilot Pre-Advanced Placement (AP) program for select sophomores and juniors. Additional accelerated and enrichment classes will be offered this summer to students in all grades.

As described on its website, "Reconstruction US was created by a dream team of artists, mathematicians, literature geeks, entrepreneurs and illustrators to empower students and their communities through an authentic education." It was founded by Kaya Henderson, former chancellor for the District of Columbia (DC) Public Schools, and Roland Fryer, professor of economics at Harvard University. Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children's Zone, serves as an educational advisor.

Economics and Financial Literacy Business Fair

Congratulations to the participants and winners of the FAMU DRS Economics and Financial Literacy Business Fair. Hosted and sponsored by Mr. Anthony Thompson, this event allows students the opportunity to explore the various aspects of entrepreneurship, economics, and financial literacy in real-world, practical applications. The Economics and Financial Literacy Business Fair not only showcase these scholars' efforts, it also allows them to share their knowledge and these critical skills with other students, faculty, staff, administration, family, and friends. We salute and congratulate these scholars!

Best Business Venture overall –  

1st Place Everything Black Community Services (Deja Haire & Makaylah Jackson)

2nd Place Great Rising Vegan Donuts (Amani Hankins) 

3rd Place A&J CBD Dispensary (Antwania Davis & JahNiyah Willis) 

Best Business Proposal –  

1st Place Everything Black Community Services (Deja Haire & Makaylah Jackson)

2nd Place Remedy Business Planner App. (Joshua Israel)  

3rd Place Great Rising Vegan Donuts (Amani Hankins) 

Best Sales Pitch –  

1st Place Everything Black Community Services (Deja Haire & Makaylah Jackson)

2nd Place Kohi Keopi Korean Pop Genre Cafe (Cindy Hernandez & Barrington Robinson) 

3rd Place Great Rising Vegan Donuts (Amani Hankins) 

Most Costumers –  

1st Place A&J CBD Dispensary (Antwania Davis & JahNiyah Willis)

2nd Place Great Rising Vegan Donuts (Amani Hankins) 

3rd Place Everything Black Community Services (Deja Haire & Makaylah Jackson) 

Most Revenue –  

1st Place Everything Black Community Services (Deja Haire & Makaylah Jackson)

2nd Place Great Rising Vegan Donuts (Amani Hankins) 

3rd Place A&J CBD Dispensary (Antwania Davis & JahNiyah Willis)

FAMU DRS STREAM Robotics Team Wins Competition!

There were 8 teams who competed Thursday, November 4, 2021 in the 1st ever Vex Robotics IQ League competition at Fairview and our very own Baby Rattlers (All Girls Team) pulled off the victory! 😍

Please help me congratulate them when you see them today! They deserve it!

Team 1- Baby Rattlers-Captain- Bariki Otieno - 6th Grade;
1. Zarreya Stewart-Programmers - 8th Grade;
2. Azariah Jean-Builders - 7th Grade;
3. Deziraye Burgess-Driver - 5th Grade;
4. Janyla Peterson-Builders - 6th Grade

We want to send a special thanks to the parents who were able to attend and show support to our students.

Our second team (Rattler Pride) came in 5th place, and you know they will be aiming for the 1st place spot next time! So, plan to support this exciting time!

If you would like to see them in action, please come and support them when they compete again next week in our (FAMU DRS) cafetorium, Friday November 12, 2021, at 6 pm.

FAMU DRS girls hoops looking to build off last year

By: Alison PoseyPosted at 12:24 AM, Oct 26, 2021 and last updated 12:24 AM, Oct 26, 2021
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — For the first time in seven years, we're not going to see the Turral twins on a Big Bend basketball court this season. Four of those seasons were spent in a FAMU DRS Baby Lady Rattler uniform, a team that's coming off their eleventh straight trip to the state final four.

Monday was day one of practice for high school girls basketball teams across the state of Florida, FAMU DRS included. Along with losing the Turral twins, they're losing three others who signed college scholarships.

For this program though, it's about reloading. The goal is the same, and that's something everyone here knows.

"We're just building from last year's team. We had a great team last year, but now it's a new season," said head coach Ericka Cromartie. "We have to make adjustments and get better. We've made it there consistently and came up short. This time, I'm like okay, what else is it that needs to be done? Let's bring it back. It's different. Their attitude is different, they're tuned in, they're encouraging one another. It's more of a camaraderie this year."

The first regular season game for DRS is November 18th when they face Leon.

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FAMU, Chevron Corporation, and Fab Foundation create Fab Labs at FAMU DRS

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida A&M University reported on Wednesday that the school has joined a partnership with the Chevron Corporation and the Fab Foundation to create a digital fabrication lab at FAMU Development Research School (DRS) for the Tallahassee community.
According to their press release, fab labs are designed to foster student innovation, learning and invention: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor and to invent.
Fab labs, with their suite of digital fabrication tools and prototyping machines — including laser cutters, 3-D printers, vinyl cutters and milling machines — are inspiring young people across the United States, to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
“Chevron is proud to expand our partnerships with the Fab Foundation and FAMU,” said Melissa Rosenblatt, Chevron social investment manager.

“This partnership supports our overall $15 million racial equity initiative, and we believe that education is a critical pathway to achieving social equity and enabling human progress. The fab lab will also directly respond to the community’s desire to expose young people to the latest STEM tools and technology, sparking their curiosity and informing their future education and career pathways. Advancing social equity aligns with our core values and building a strong pipeline of diverse talent in in STEM isn’t a luxury, it is imperative to our business.”
FAMU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Maurice Edington, Ph.D., said the Chevron initiative is an investment in student success for generations to come.
“The fab lab allows students to study, design, interpret and implement their own creations. It’s a space that fosters critical thinking skills,” Edington said. “These students are our future engineers, scientists, designers, architects, artists and teachers.”
The Fab Foundation is a U.S. non-profit organization that emerged from the Massachusetts Institution of Technology’s Center for Bits & Atoms. Its mission is to provide access to the tools, the knowledge, and the financial means to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, and thereby creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world.

Since, 2014, the Fab Foundation has partnered with Chevron and launched fab labs across the U.S to support STEM education, said Sonya Pryor-Jones, Fab Foundation vice president, chief strategy officer.
“We are excited to continue this partnership and support Chevron’s HBCU Social Equity project. This new project will expand our work together with the intention to provide access to advanced technologies and create more equity in STEM,” Pryor Jones said. “We hope to complement the rich history and commitment of HBCUs to serve the educational needs of Black Americans and together accelerate opportunities for African American students in STEM and digital fabrication.”
The partnership between FAMU and Chevron dates back 11 years, says the press release. The Fab Lab announcement comes as FAMU DRS is experiencing record enrollment for the first time in more than a decade and there’s a waiting list of students trying to get in.
“This is truly groundbreaking for our students at the College of Education and FAMU DRS. We are committed to our partnership in this holistic K-20 approach,” said FAMU DRS Superintendent Micheal Johnson. “This will level the field in STEM for all students and provide real application opportunities.”

College of Education Dean Allyson Watson, Ph.D., said the partnership will provide the impetus for a life-changing impact in the Tallahassee community.
“We are ecstatic to work collaboratively with Chevron to bring innovative solutions for children in our region and across the state. Our goal to promote STEM discovery, and ultimately STEM careers, is at the forefront of this project,” said Watson. “We see the Chevron FabLab Network as a unique opportunity to increase awareness, experiential learning and develop necessary skills that lead to overall achievement and STEM integration.”
Chevron-supported fab labs include facilities in: Bakersfield, Richmond and Santa Clara, California; New Orleans, Louisiana; Pascagoula, Mississippi; Houston and Odessa/Midland, Texas; and Washington, D.C.
These labs have served more than 50,000 people so far.

By Thomas Brown
Published: Oct. 13, 2021 at 8:10 PM EDT |
Copyright 2021 WCTV. All rights reserved.

NASA Administrator Senator Bill Nelson Encourages FAMU DRS Students to Consider Space Exploration

Last week, Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Florida State University (FSU) welcomed NASA Administrator Bill Nelson to the Challenger Learning Center of Tallahassee—the K-12 outreach facility for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering.


Nelson joined FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., and FSU President Richard McCullough, Ph.D., for a tour and spoke with engineering students about their research, encouraged FAMU Developmental Research School's (DRS) students to learn about space, discussed his time as an astronaut, and shared NASA’s goals for the future.


FAMU and FSU, along with the University of Central Florida, the Air Force Research Laboratory, and four NASA centers, are partners on a FAMU-led project to recruit more underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in aerospace engineering and give them hands-on training and experience. The project is funded by a $1.2 million grant from NASA.


“NASA is a 21st-century agency with 22nd-century goals,” Nelson said. “To be successful, it’s critical that NASA engages a diverse group of voices and partners because diversity ensures multiple viewpoints, new ways of thinking, and solutions to problems once thought unsolvable. NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project—and our partnership with the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering—is just one, critical way the agency is working to open doors for students across the country.”


In 1986, Nelson traveled to space as a payload specialist aboard the space shuttle Columbia. During his visit to Tallahassee, he recounted some of the challenges of spaceflight, and he provided insight on NASA’s Artemis mission, which will return astronauts to the moon and explore more of the lunar surface.


“Bill Nelson is a wonderful advocate for NASA’s mission, and he spoke about the space workforce of the future looking much more like America than in the past,” said J. Murray Gibson, Ph.D., dean of the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. “The uniqueness of our college is that we...are especially suited to deliver a more diverse, highly trained workforce. Our unique combination of research and diversity is the key thing.”

FAMU School of Architecture Engineering Technology Partners with FAMU DRS Gifted Program

On September 9, 2021, Mr. Stacy Tinner, Outreach Coordinator and Recruiter for the School of Architecture Engineering Technology (SAET), presented Ms. Bettye “Nikie” Lindsey, Gifted Coordinator, with a drone, solid fuel rocket kits, solar car kits and drag racer kits for the Gifted Students here at FAMU DRS.  SAET has formed a partnership with the Gifted Program to provide support with rigorous, thought provoking, hands-on activities with the hope of creating a pathway to Florida A&M University with interests in Architecture, Construction and Electronic Engineering Technology.

Mr. Tinner stated, “I am very excited about this partnership and I hope it serves as a catalyst, not only to FAMU DRS Students, but to students locally, nationally, and internationally bringing awareness of the School of Architecture Engineering Technology and what it has to offer currently and for the future.” 

Mr. Tinner and Ms. Lindsey both hopes that the students from FAMU will capitalize on the community service opportunity, volunteer opportunity, as well as the opportunity to make a difference in a young student’s life by bringing awareness of college life and a career that focuses on STEM.  Their hopes for DRS Gifted students are that they experience the excitement of project base learning activities that provide students with a rigorous, high-quality experience that readies them to successfully traverse the next level of educational challenges in a selective university.

The Gifted students, with the guidance of Mr. Tinner, have already began the process of building their own personal solid fuel rockets and will announce the official launch date soon.
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