Visiting Pope John Paul II High School

Pope John Paul II High School incorporates an innovative program into the student experience: Innov8. Innov8 provides an opportunity during the school day for students to explore their interests with teachers who are experts in their field. The Pope John Paul II High School Innov8 classes provide a challenging and supportive environment where trial and […]
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Visiting STEM School Chattanooga

STEM School Chattanooga is opening its doors for anyone who is interested in witnessing a school that uses technology as a gateway to cultivate students’ inquisitive nature, exercises innovation, thinks critically, and collaborates to develop leaders who are self-sufficient learners. STEM School Chattanooga is one of seven STEM platform schools in Tennessee that have a […]
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A Look Ahead: STEM Efforts to Grow in 2017

The new year is set to be another exciting opportunity for expanding STEM teaching and learning in Tennessee.  As the first month of the new year ends, let’s look at the year ahead for the Network and the opportunities for educators at all district and school levels to join us on the journey: Tennessee STEM School […]
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The Power of Observation

A good teacher is always looking for ways to become a better teacher. Just as a good school is always looking for ways to become a better school.  As a STEM teacher, one of the most powerful professional development tools I’ve ever experienced was visiting a neighboring STEM school and talking with the faculty and […]
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STEM School Site Visits Starting Soon

Schools across the state of Tennessee are integrating STEM in different ways. There are multiple benefits to observing pioneering strategies at work. Benefits for Teachers and Leadership: Experience new environments Increase enthusiasm Reflective conversations about their work Build capacity Develop new strategies for STEM integration Concrete examples of what works There are eleven schools across the state who […]
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2017 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

A Rube Goldberg Machine™ is a comically involved, complicated invention, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation. Building a Rube Goldberg Machine incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics, not to mention art, teamwork, and perseverance! Students use cooperation and communication to apply their knowledge from across the spectrum of STEM and STEAM-based learning. These tasks […]
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Connecting Classrooms to the World This Holiday Season

Service-learning is a form of experiential learning that supports a deeper understanding and application of knowledge. Through service-learning activities, students apply classroom knowledge in practical settings to enhance their understanding of class materials. Service-Learning Benefits Service-learning provides students with opportunities to develop collaborative, organizational, relational, and civic engagement skills.  Students can gain better understanding of […]
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New Year; New Semester; New STEM Activities on MakerMinded!

The holiday season is all about gratitude. In Tennessee, we are privileged with some of the most outstanding and committed STEM teachers anywhere in the country. To retain these amazing teachers in Tennessee, we need to elevate and recognize the incredible commitment and effort they put forth each and every day. Effective STEM teachers develop […]
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Need last minute ideas? Here is our STEM toy list for the holidays!

STEM learning is most effective when it happens both in and outside of the classroom. Why not make learning at home FUN with STEM toys? We’ve pulled together a list of some great online STEM toy resources to help you with that last-minute holiday rush! Here are a few of our favorites, followed by some great online […]
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Celebrate National CS Week with the Hour of Code

Did you know that computing is the #1 source of wages in the U.S.? Computer science is foundational for every industry today. That’s one reason to join in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried […]
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