Fayette’s STEM Bus earns national recognition


The Fayette County schools’ STEM Bus has been recognized as a national STEM Excellence Awards finalist by the Future of Education Technology Conference.

The STEM Bus was recognized as one of three finalists in the elementary school division at the Future of Education Technology Conference in January in Miami for the district’s work to bring science, technology, engineering and math experiences to every 3rd-grader through school visits. 

“The FCPS STEM Bus was selected from over a hundred international applications for the finalist position because of the innovation and educational impact of our STEM program,” said Amy Johns, the district’s associate director of technology/instructional technology.

The program began in January 2019 after the district partnered with the Kloiber Foundation and NOMI Design to renovate a surplus school bus into a mobile classroom. Two district STEM learning coaches – Ashley Faulkner and Josh Rayburn – lead the instruction and activities. In the past year, the bus has visited more than 30 schools and participated in numerous community events to impact students from Lexington and beyond. To date, the STEM Bus has reached approximately 5,000 students.