Congratulations to our young scientists who recently participated in the Middle Tennessee’s 5th Annual STEM EXPO at Tennessee State University. The STEM EXPO is open to all students in middle and high schools and encourages students to engage in projects involving a process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem or challenge. These rigorous projects help students learn key academic content and practice skills necessary for success such as communication, collaboration, and critical thinking. The 2017 STEM EXPO showcased over 300 original projects by middle and high school students from across middle Tennessee. JPII students exhibited 9 of those projects including engineering, computer science and scientific research. While it is a non-competitive event more similar to actual poster sessions within professional organizations, students are recognized for the level of their projects with gold, silver and bronze recognition. Gold medals were awarded to: Madalyn Dye, Regan Orr, Skylar Cummings, Alexandria Ficarro, Caeley Murray, Perry Minichan and Jon Layne. Silver medals were awarded to Bridget Orr, Cainie Brown, and Mandy Hua.