Join the Innovative Leaders Institute or the Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative by August 14!

We are excited to launch our 2017-2018 Innovative Leaders Institute and the inaugural Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative. These programs provide opportunities for school level leaders and rural classroom educators to expand their understanding of STEM in action and collaborate to promote meaningful change in their educational communities. Please see below for specific information about each of these programs. Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative – Applications due August 14 The Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative provides a unique opportunity for rural educators to identify […]

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Don’t Miss the Great American Eclipse 8.21.17


On August 21, 2017, parts of Tennessee will experience a total solar eclipse, a particularly awe-inspiring event for those in or along the path of totality.  Don’t be surprised by this unexpected plunge into darkness and a nearly 20-degree drop in temperature for over two minutes! Are You in the Path of Totality?  NASA provides several unique maps that show the path of the total solar eclipse this August.  They offer several free resources, downloadable and interactive maps, posters, and […]

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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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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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