Join the Innovative Leaders Institute or the Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative by August 14!

We are excited to launch our 2017-2018 Innovative Leaders Institute and the inaugural Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative. These programs provide opportunities for school level leaders and rural classroom educators to expand their understanding of STEM in action and collaborate to promote meaningful change in their educational communities. Please see below for specific information about each of […]
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Don’t Miss the Great American Eclipse 8.21.17

On August 21, 2017, parts of Tennessee will experience a total solar eclipse, a particularly awe-inspiring event for those in or along the path of totality.  Don’t be surprised by this unexpected plunge into darkness and a nearly 20-degree drop in temperature for over two minutes! Are You in the Path of Totality?  NASA provides […]
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Tennessee Department of Transportation STEM Teacher Workshop

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is excited to invite you to a Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM) Teacher Training Workshop scheduled for August 3, 2017, in Nashville. TDOT understands the importance of STEM support for teachers in Tennessee. Thus, they have created the TDOT TRAC (TRAnsportation and Civil Engineering) Program, which provides STEM-based resources and […]
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That’s a Wrap! 2017 TN STEM Innovation Summit Connects Classrooms to the World

Another inspiring Summit has come and gone and our team is incredibly grateful for your participation and facilitation of learning sessions! This year’s Summit brought together over 300 innovative educators in Murfreesboro to share effective STEM strategies and learn about new statewide opportunities. Special thanks to Jack Hanna for his inspiring talk and to the […]
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Congratulations to the 2017 MakerMinded Winners

The LIFT—Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow national manufacturing institute, along with Tennessee Tech University iCube and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is proud to announce the winning schools of the 2016-2017 MakerMinded competition.  Six schools in Tennessee were recognized for excellence in advanced manufacturing and STEM learning through their participation in MakerMinded, a new online STEM […]
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STEM School Tour Report

Having access to educational leaders, teachers, and students who are employing pioneering strategies to engage students in STEM learning has been proven an effective tool for anyone who is interested in discovering what STEM looks like in Tennessee. February through April, 9 STEM School Tours were conducted that exhibited 11 schools across the state of Tennessee. Visitors got […]
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Environmental Education Week April 23-29: Citizen Science Provides Opportunities to Connect Kids to the World Around Them

Citizen science provides an opportunity for the public (students included) to volunteer their time to assist scientists in their research.  Citizen scientists can support professional researchers by submitting data, sharing experiences, or spreading valuable information. Citizen science offers the interdisciplinary nature of scientific research by incorporating math, technology, and engineering to pressing environmental issues. Citizen […]
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STEM School Tours Generate New Ideas

STEM School tours are exciting events for expanding STEM teaching and learning throughout Tennessee. March’s tour schedule provided opportunities for educators in West TN (Shelby County), Middle TN (Putnam County), and East TN (Knox County) to observe divergent STEM instructional styles and practices, program types, and innovative integration strategies within a school. Prescott South Elementary […]
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Connecting Classrooms to the World: 2017 Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit

Join us for the 2017 Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit May 24-25, in Mufreesboro, Tennessee. This year’s conference will build upon themes that provide attendees with a broad range of strategies that support STEM practices designed to raise student interest and achievement in STEM education. Interactive learning sessions have been categorized into five tracks: School Culture, […]
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Inspiring and Informative: Key Takeaways from February’s STEM School Tours

Takeaway #1 – Performance task assessment is a powerful tool in promoting 21st century learning.  As we entered STEM School Chattanooga, two sophomore students greeted us and announced that they were our tour guides. These two articulate young ladies walked us through the halls of STEM School and eloquently explained the different facets to the […]
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