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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 science programs vary in category and scope.  You might prefer to work on a local level – like using technology to collect data on the nutrient levels in […]

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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 & Prescott South Middle School Tour Prescott South Elementary School and Prescott South Middle School students, in Cookeville, TN, are exposed regularly to professional guest […]

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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, Community Partnerships, Innovative Instructional Strategies, STEM Career Awareness, and Technology in Education. The conference sessions will build upon these themes while focusing on the foundations […]

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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 instructional approach the school takes.  The students were particularly passionate about the school’s PBL (problem-based learning) tasks that each grade level is assigned.  The PBL […]

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National Engineers Week Starts Monday

National Engineers Week starts on Monday and there are many activities throughout the state that your students can engage with to learn more about the engineering profession. Engineer’s Week Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1951, EWeek (February 19–25, 2017) seeks to transform the landscape and increase the diversity and talent of students seeking engineering careers. According to the NSPE, Engineer’s Week is a time to: Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world Increase […]

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Visiting Jack Anderson Elementary School

Jack Anderson Elementary School’s STEM lab is a dedicated space for teachers to encourage discovery, critical thinking, exploratory learning, use of technology, and to actively engage our students in hands-on problem solving activities. You can sign up to visit Jack Anderson Elementary School on February 24, 2017 here. Jack Anderson’s 2016-2017 STEM Goals To continue to implement a STEM curriculum that creates STEM literate students who define problems, problem-solve, test, and make improvements both in collaborative teams and individually using […]

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Visiting Pope John Paul II High School

Pope John Paul II High School incorporates an innovative program into the student experience: Innov8. Innov8 provides an opportunity during the school day for students to explore their interests with teachers who are experts in their field. The Pope John Paul II High School Innov8 classes provide a challenging and supportive environment where trial and error are encour­aged, students develop skills through practice and where they are inspired to take risks in their learning. The Innov8 program offers a stimulating […]

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