Guest Author: STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom, Part 1

The Whys and Hows of Elementary STEM-Infusion By Miranda Reagan Teachers today face a unique challenge. The world we live in is changing so rapidly that we have no way of imagining the future we are preparing our students to live in. Gone are the days of teaching and memorizing facts. Our constantly changing lives […]
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2014 TCAP Shows Continued Growth in STEM

Today, the Tennessee Department of Education released the statewide results for the 2013-2014 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP).   The statewide results provide additional insight for areas of needed focus in the coming year and provide a pulse-check on our state’s commitment to raising the bar in the classroom. We celebrate with students and educators that […]
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Sharing the Tennessee Model: Building a Statewide Network for STEM

TSIN Hub Directors pictured left to right: Wesley Hall, TSIN; Jack Rhoton, ETSU Northeast TN; Sally Pardue, Upper Cumberland; Alfred Hall, West TN; Vicki Metzgar, Middle TN; and Marilyn Roddy, STEMspark East TN. Not pictured: Keri Randolph, SE TN. Since its establishment in 2010, the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) has established a strong network […]
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Creating Effective STEM Lessons

This article was written by Anne Jolly,  Education Week Teacher, June 17, 2014. Six Characteristics of a Great STEM Lesson. STEM is more than just a grouping of subject areas. It is a movement to develop the deep mathematical and scientific underpinnings students need to be competitive in the 21st-century workforce. But this movement goes […]
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STEM Platform Schools Graduate First Class

When the 2014 graduates at L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville and Stratford STEM Magnet High School in Nashville walked across the stage and received their diplomas, it marked another important step along their path to a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Amid the camera flashes from a sea of beaming parents, these students […]
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L&N STEM Academy Celebrates Graduates

Congratulations to the first graduating class at Knoxville’s L&N STEM Academy, a TSIN platform school. With this years graduating class, the school has an impressive 100% graduation rate with 95% of students headed to four-year or two-year college, or the military. The 2014 graduates earned $1.562 million in scholarship funds, which equates to $37,190 per […]
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A New Chapter Unfolds for Stratford STEM Magnet School

Read about the dramatic impact that STEM education has had on the lives of students at Stratford STEM Magnet High School. In 2010, TSIN partnered with Metro Nashville Schools to form a STEM platform school at Stratford. We are proud of their progress and bright outlook for the future. The school’s academy model and turn […]
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STEM Conference Brings West TN Leaders Together

The West TN STEM Hub’s annual Innovations in K-20 STEM Education Conference was a success! Nearly 75 participants from across West TN convened on the University of Memphis – Lambuth campus in Jackson to discuss STEM education and the workforce landscape. Representatives from the TN Department of Economic and Community Development discussed the STEM business forecast […]
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West TN Students Go Wild in STEM Challenge at Memphis Zoo

The West Tennessee STEM Hub sponsored the first annual STEM Challenge Summit on May 2, 2014 at the Memphis Zoo. Teams of students from five high schools and one middle school presented their plans for redesigning or renovating the zoo’s aging Herpetarium (Reptile House), which opened in 1960. Two schools presented scale models of their […]
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Northeast TN Students Get Hands-on with Nature

Spring has returned to Tennessee and students at Innovation Academy in Kingsport, TN took advantage of the creek on campus for their Eco-Friendly Unit. Students explored the creek, conducted water testing, and searched for macro invertebrates. With this type of engaged and authentic learning, Innovation Academy hopes to ignite a desire within their students to […]
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