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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STEM Network and TVA Provide STEM Grants to Schools

  Further advancing the state’s recent growth in the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN), Battelle Education, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced today the 18 statewide recipients of the Network’s yearly competitive STEM classroom grants.  (A complete list of schools funded appears at […]
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Meet Tennessee’s New “Farm to School Specialist”

The Tennessee Department of Education has recently added the “Farm to School Specialist” position.  We got a chance to ask Rachel Head about this new role and why it is essential for our state. Please introduce yourself.  Tell us what a “Farm to School Specialist” is and describe the main goals you are trying to […]
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Weekend Barnes and Noble Mini Maker Faires Brought Together Makers of All Kinds

Barnes & Noble stores across the country hosted the 2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire event at local participating stores this past weekend. The Mini Maker Faire at Barnes & Noble brought together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science club members, students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and Makers of all kinds to learn from each other, get craft […]
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