Regional STEM Spotlight: Oak Ridge Schools

The City of Oak Ridge was founded on STEM.  The U.S. government created Oak Ridge as a secret city, built as part of the Manhattan Project. The city’s many rich STEM assets include the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Y-12 National Security Complex, and a host of industries which work in high […]
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Knoxville Area “STEM Scouts” Program to go Nationwide

After nearly two years in its test phase, STEM Scouts, a $1.9 million pilot program in the Knoxville area by the Boy Scouts of America, is planning to go nationwide in May 2015. The program shows youth from elementary through high school how to apply STEM in their everyday lives and encourages them to develop […]
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Remembering Margaret Ashida

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is indescribably saddened by the passing of STEMx director, Margaret Ashida. Margaret was an endeared Battelle Education colleague, a tireless advocate for STEM teaching and learning nationally, and a great partner to our network’s efforts in the Volunteer State. We were honored to work closely with Margaret to jointly convene […]
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Join Us! Webinar and Discussion About STEM In Elementary Grades

By giving our kids the tools they need to succeed in STEM, we are giving them a huge leg up as they enter the job market. But when we think STEM, we often think of middle school and high school, robotics and chemistry—not first graders and the sand table. While any exposure to STEM is […]
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Camp STEM: More Than A Science Camp

This summer wrapped up the first of a series of camps at MTSU called “Camp STEM,”  a summer program for kindergarten through 6th graders designed to expand student horizons in STEM. The camp includes hands-on science activities studying earth, life and physical sciences, robotics technology, and arts and crafts. David Lockett, the director and founder […]
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STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom, Part III: Fostering Teacher Buy-In

If you have been following this series of posts(read post 1 here, and post 2 here), you have seen evidence of the dramatic instructional shift that has taken place in our school toward STEM-infusing our elementary classrooms. I will not pretend that we have arrived at some extraordinary final goal, that we have it all […]
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L&N STEM Academy Welcomes First Regional Students

This week, the L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville will welcome its first regional students, as the Knox County school opens its doors to students that applied from 5 regional county and city school systems for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Joined by the Innovation Academy in Blountville, which enrolled students from 4 surrounding counties this year, […]
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STEMmobile Featured in Classroom Chronicles

The STEMmobile was recently highlighted in the TN Department of Education’s “Classroom Chronicles” blog. Classroom Chronicles staff writer Ashley Ball visited Celina, TN, a small town of around 1,500 people tucked away in the Cumberland Mountains of Clay County, where the STEMmobile was at K-8 Celina School for the week. An excerpt from the article: […]
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CSI: Stratford STEM Magnet High School

Guest Author – The Academies of Nashville Blog As Criminal Justice students at Stratford learn, “M.O.M.” is the acronym for motive, opportunity, and means. It is a common formula used in criminal investigations, forensic analysis of evidence, and investigative case management. In this case, the “O” in “M.O.M.” applies to the opportunity Stratford teachers were […]
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Students Work to Improve Bike Safety over Summer Break

Guest Author: Delaine Wendling, a lead teacher from Stratford STEM Magnet High School‘s Academy of Science and Engineering The new school year looms just around the corner promising new interactions, knowledge, and growth. Oh yes, and impressive moments. My students never fail to impress me, whether it’s through their ability to talk their way out […]
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