STEM School Tours

L & N STEM Academy Tour

There is no better way to learn new teaching and learning strategies than to see STEM in action! Schools across Tennessee are integrating STEM learning in different ways and there are multiple benefits to observing pioneering strategies at work.  Now, finding innovative school models to visit is easier than ever.  TSIN has partnered with schools across the state to provide guided tours during the Fall and Spring.  Tour participants get the chance to see a school’s design, observe instruction inside classrooms, and have conversations with students, teachers, and administrators.

STEM School Tour Benefits

  • Experience new teaching & learning environments
  • Rethink current efforts through reflective conversations
  • Build capacity for leadership across staff
  • Develop new strategies for STEM integration
  • Take home concrete examples of what works

2017-2018 Tour Schedule Below

School STEM Attributes Date
L & N STEM Academy

Knoxville, TN


Principal: Becky Ashe

Infrastructure-Innovative Scheduling

This year L & N STEM Academy has developed “Genius Hour”—a model based on a Google practice called “20%”.  The idea is to encourage employees to spend 20% of their time on passion projects, this way when they return to their normal tasks, they are more energized and even more creative after stretching that other side of their brain.  “Genius Hour” does these things:

  • a way for L& N to offer small group tutoring and intervention to students who need it during the school day,
  • a chance to do test prep training for high stakes assessments like the ACT and SAT,
  • finally, a strategy to allow teachers to group by subject areas on a regular basis for their own content planning to enhance instruction among other advantages!
November 16, 2017

9:30-12:00 EST


STEM School Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN


Principal: Dr. Tony Donen

Curriculum and Instruction—PBL Integration

STEM School Chattanooga’s curriculum offers learning experiences based in the real world – using a model focused on science, technology, engineering, math, and the arts.  Projects are developed in collaboration with local industry and higher education institutions, and are designed to address current issues and problems. This approach nurtures important academic and career skills as students are expected to comprehend, apply, and innovate with the knowledge they learn.  Such projects also help students make the connection between academic learning and real-world situations.  The key attributes of this curriculum are built through project/problem based learning (PBL) and backwards planning and curriculum design. 

January 31, 2018

10:00-12:00 EST

Green Magnet Academy

Knoxville, TN


Principal: Jessica Holman

Curriculum and Instruction – Engineering Design Process and Design Thinking

Green Magnet Academy offers a variety of opportunities for all students in grades K – 5 to use the Engineering Design Process and Design Thinking.  Projects using these processes allow our students to engage in collaborative problem solving that requires communication, critical and creative thinking, and self-reflection using rubrics.  Students are engaged in these opportunities in the following areas:

  • Engineering Design Lab
  • Classroom
  • Tech Lab
  • After School Clubs
February 5, 2018

10:00-12:00 EST

Whitehaven Elementary School

Memphis, TN


Principal: Tommy Elliott

Community and Postsecondary Partnerships—Partners Support Instruction & Work-Based Learning Experiences

Student-Community STEM Expo

The 500+ students at Whitehaven Elementary will showcase their STEM skills during the March 2018 STEM expo.  This event allows elementary students to have direct experiences with STEM professionals and practical applications of STEM content, including innovative design and the arts.  Exposing elementary students to these types of work-based learning experiences connect student interests and abilities to fields requiring STEM skills.  The expo also benefits the school by establishing community and postsecondary STEM partnerships that provide connections between curriculum taught in the classroom and practical applications outside of school.

March 8, 2018

Expo begins at 11:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm CST


Guided Tour: 11:00-1:00 CST

The 2017-2018 STEM School Tours have closed.  Please check back for our upcoming 2018-2019 STEM School Tour schedule.  Thank you.