We promote and expand the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education in K-12 schools across Tennessee.


Our History

In 2010, the Tennessee Department of Education partnered with Battelle to launch the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. Focusing on “kindergarten to jobs”, the Network is developing high-quality STEM programming to further ensure Tennessee students are prepared for success in college and career and ready for the future of their choosing. The Network utilizes Regional STEM Innovation Hubs and STEM Designated Schools located across Tennessee to increase student interest and participation in STEM fields.


Regional STEM Innovation Hubs

Regional STEM Innovation Hubs are the nucleus of STEM activity, representing a formal partnership among school districts, post-secondary institutions, STEM businesses, and community organizations that are committed to amplifying and accelerating the impact of STEM programs in their regions. Regional Hubs amplify local innovations to transform classrooms in surrounding school districts. Through the support of an array of STEM stakeholders and partners, hubs across the state create effective educational programs, such as teacher professional development or after-school programming for students, to address the needs of partnering schools, students, and teachers. Regional Hubs have the unique ability to leverage statewide impact by collaborating and sharing projects that have shown promising results with other hubs across the state through the Network.


STEM Designated School

The TSIN began with STEM Platform Schools, which were designed to function as demonstration sites, where educators and other stakeholders from across the state can observe STEM teaching and learning in practice. Platform Schools often try new methods of teaching and learning and share local innovations with Regional Hubs to be disseminated more broadly with surrounding schools. The Platform Schools provided the structure for the Tennessee STEM School Designation, which recognizes schools that utilize problem and project-based learning in partnership with local STEM industry partners, integrated curricula, and technology to enhance teaching and learning.


TSIN supports the growth and quality of STEM education in Tennessee by:

  • Connecting the best STEM schools, teachers, and administrators to one another and to national resources
  • Assisting schools and communities that want to create new STEM schools and programs
  • Driving local STEM innovations through a network approach for statewide impact

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is committed to helping the State of Tennessee inspire and train the next generation of innovative leaders. The presence of these highly skilled workers will enable the state to grow businesses and industries that can successfully compete in the global economy.


The Importance of STEM in Tennessee


What is STEM?

STEM is much more than an acronym for the four subject areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM education is a transformative approach to traditional teaching and learning that fosters creativity and innovative thinking in all students.  Not only does STEM education make school more engaging, but it also builds skills required for college, career, and the 21st century.  An integrated STEM approach teaches students not to think in a silo, but shows them that problem-solving skills and critical thinking are necessary across all disciplines.  Through STEM integration we are developing a workforce able to compete and succeed in the current and emerging global economy.

The push for STEM education in Tennessee is a direct response to the realization that other states and nations are gaining competitive advantages by asserting their scientific and technological leadership – and that Tennessee’s future will be built on its own capacity for innovation, invention and creative problem solving. STEM education prepares exactly the kinds of thinkers, innovators and problem solvers such a world demands.


The Significance of STEM Education:

STEM education is one of the most effective tools we have to prepare students for tomorrow’s workforce and success in college and career. At its foundation, STEM is focused on building critical and creative thinking and analysis skills by addressing how students view and experience the world around them. Strong STEM teaching and learning opportunities rest on inquiry-, technology-, and project-based learning activities and lessons that are tied to the real world. It is a diverse, interdisciplinary curriculum where activities in one class complement those in other classes. In the STEM classroom, robust partnerships reach beyond the walls of the school to include higher education and business partners in real-world lessons.


An Exciting STEM Jobs Forecast for Tennessee:

According to Economic Modeling Specialists International (2015), forecasts show that by 2024 STEM jobs in Tennessee will grow by 16%, and up to 18% in Computing, with non-STEM jobs estimated at only 10% growth. This, coupled with natural STEM labor trends, will guarantee an abundance of STEM jobs over the next few years and beyond. Tennessee must be poised to fill these jobs with home-grown talent.

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TSIN Executive Council

Jake Basden

Vice President of Publicity & Corporate Communications, Big Machine Label Group

Lawrence Blank-Cook

National Technology Director, Deloitte

Bob Deacy

Senior Vice President, Generation Construction, Projects, and Services, TVA

Brenda Gilmore

State Representative (D) Nashville

Joey Hatch

Executive Vice President, Skanska USA Building Inc.

Heath Holtz

Vice President of Vehicle Manufacturing, Nissan North America

Bradley Jackson

President & CEO, Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Dr. Aimee Kennedy

Vice President of Education, Philanthropy and STEM Learning, Battelle

Patrick Lowry

Vice President, Technology & Innovation, HCA/Healthtrust

Dr. Candice McQueen

Commissioner of Education, Tennessee Department of Education

Dawn Rudolph

Chief Experience Officer, St. Thomas Health

Cisco Sanchez

Vice President, Enterprise Foundational Services, FedEx

Ann Thompson

Director of Workforce Development, Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development

Bo Watson

State Senator (R) – Hixon