Further advancing the state’s recent growth in the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) and Battelle Education announced today a new partnership for the leadership of the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub. Middle Tennessee State University’s Tennessee STEM Education Center has been selected to guide the work of the STEM hub, intended to bring together stakeholders across Middle Tennessee to advance STEM education. Dr. Thomas Cheatham will serve as the director of the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub.
“MTSU is uniquely positioned to lead the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub and we’re excited to be able partner to expand quality STEM teaching and learning opportunities across the region,” said Wes Hall, Director of the TSIN. “The University has earned a reputation as a leader in STEM education and this partnership both strengthens our work in the region and continues to advance our vision for STEM in the state,” said Hall.
The Middle TN STEM Innovation Hub will continue to serve as a resource for the region to increase student interest and achievement in STEM fields. Some of the many hub activities include providing professional development for middle Tennessee teachers, bringing STEM professionals into the classroom, teacher job shadowing, and student workplace learning. In 2017, the hub will host the 5th annual “STEM EXPO,” an exhibition open to regional middle and high school students that showcases student projects in STEM research, engineering, agricultural STEM, and technology.
“MTSU is excited to be invited to play a larger role in the Middle Tennessee STEM Hub,” said Dr. Thomas Cheatham, Director of the Middle TN STEM Innovation Hub. “MTSU has been a leader in STEM education for many years and is pleased to work with STEM leaders across the mid-state to continue to move STEM forward. We are anxious to learn from the K-12 districts what the Hub can do to assist them with their STEM goals,” said Cheatham.
The new partnership of the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub marks a year of major expansion for STEM in Tennessee with the Network’s move to provide a supplemental STEM curriculum called Learning Blade® for free to all middle schools, the continuation of the third annual Tennessee STEM Innovation Summit May 24 and 25, 2017, and the expansion of the Innovative Leaders Institute, a professional development program designed to train school leaders in effective STEM strategies.
Focusing on a “kindergarten to jobs” philosophy, the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is developing high-quality STEM programming to further ensure Tennessee students are college and career ready upon graduation. The Network utilizes STEM Platform Schools and Regional STEM Innovation Hubs located across the state to increase student interest and participation in STEM fields. The Network is committed to helping the State of Tennessee inspire and train the next generation of innovative leaders and is operated as a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Education. For more information about the Network, please visit www.TSIN.org.