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 activities to teachers free of charge. The TDOT TRAC Program just completed its first year of implementation. Through this program, hundreds of Tennessee students have […]

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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 Nashville Zoo for bringing some of their wonderful animal ambassadors to visit. We know you have been patiently waiting for the photos, which can now […]

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Congratulations to the 2017 MakerMinded Winners

Cookeville High School at MakerMinded Awards

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 learning and competition platform. “These students are our future leaders in advanced manufacturing,” said Lawrence E. Brown, executive director, LIFT.  “Through MakerMinded, they are not […]

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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2017 STEM Excellence Awards


The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) announced today the winners of the “STEM Excellence Awards,” a series of competitive awards that recognize outstanding teachers, leaders, and advocates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education. The TSIN will honor awardees at the third annual Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit on Thursday, May 24, 2017, in Murfreesboro. Nominations were open to the public in the Spring of this year. The TSIN team selected this year’s awardees from a field […]

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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 a chance to explore school structures, peek inside classrooms, and talk with students, teachers, and administrators. See the full list of schools here. An anonymous survey […]

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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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