TSIN Supports Higher Standards in the Classroom

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The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) supports the Common Core State Standards and strengthening science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education opportunities for all Tennessee children.  As part of Tennessee’s Expect More, Achieve More Coalition, TSIN joins a statewide alliance of over 400 business, community, and education organizations in Tennessee working for high academic standards in public education.  The Coalition is building statewide and local support, engagement, and awareness of our state’s efforts to raise the bar in the classroom […]

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STEMmobile School Tour Stops at Legislative Plaza

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Policy-makers and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educators in Nashville had a chance to see STEM education up close Tuesday as the STEMmobile, a mobile STEM laboratory of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, was on exhibit in Nashville’s legislative plaza. On a brief break from its tour of schools across 20 counties in rural Tennessee, the STEMmobile was in Nashville for the first time since completion. Visitors were able to walk through this mobile STEM lab on wheels and […]

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STEM Night at the Hunter Museum of American Art


Students from STEM School Chattanooga recently completed a problem-based learning unit to redesign a current work of art into a digitally innovative piece. The Hunter Museum of American Art invited them to exhibit their digital works on a special STEM night in early November. Over 800 visitors passed through the exhibit and students interacted with art lovers from across the region.

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CMCSS District-wide STEM Efforts Shine


The TSIN was recently invited to visit Clarksville-Montgomery County School Systems‘ (CMCSS) STEM programs and speak with Director of Schools Dr. B.J. Worthington and STEM Coordinator Dale Rudolph about their ongoing efforts to integrate STEM into the district’s mission. Since 2009, the district has been working to pilot STEM programs and develop a sustainable implementation plan. In 2010, they began leveraging their funds from Tennessee First to the Top to further expand select STEM pilot programs. Since then they have hosted STEM […]

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STEM Inquiry for Girls inspires with Hands-On Learning

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Promoting and encouraging STEM participation among K-5 students in the scientific community leads to curiosity and eventually discovery. But most students don’t even realize how much STEM matters to their daily lives.

The most overlooked fact about STEM is that science and math are foundations for engineering and technology. The skills required to be productive citizens in the near future will be dramatically different. It may soon become socially unacceptable to show up unprepared for any task without skills in science and math, not to mention without engineering or technological abilities. Students must equip themselves today with the STEM tools of tomorrow.

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Interdisciplinary Agriculture Unit at Innovation Academy

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Cross-curricular learning is in full swing at Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee.

As part of a unit on the science of agriculture, eighth graders at Innovation Academy constructed and filled raised bed gardens. With the help of the UT Agriculture Extension, students were taught how to construct the beds and what mixture of sand and compost would produce the best results.

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TSIN Fall Convening: Collaborating for Statewide Impact

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Last week STEM leaders from across the state met in Nashville for the annual TSIN convening. Topics included bridging the CTE & STEM communities, using student data to inform decisions, Common Core implementation through problem-based learning, and establishing strong STEM leadership in a school and a community.

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Innovation Academy’s Second Year Features Even More Hands-on Learning


Innovation Academy is off to a great start in our second year. We added eighth grade this year and are excited to continue preparing these students for future STEM careers.

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L&N STEM Academy Named 2013 Reward School

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The TSIN congratulates L&N STEM Academy on being named a 2013 Reward School for Performance, scoring in the top 5 percent on statewide achievement tests. As a platform school of the TSIN, L&N STEM Academy promotes STEM for All. The school is non-selective (the student body is composed of students who express an interest in attending and are chosen by lottery) and designed to encourage local educational innovation.

Being named a Reward School is a tremendous honor and a testament to the hard work of educators, students, and parents.

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Battelle and TSIN sponsor eVOL9 Engineering Camp at the University of Tennessee

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Last week in Knoxville, 31 ninth graders from four states had the opportunity to participate in the Engineering Volunteers for Ninth Graders (eVOL9) camp hosted by the UT College of Engineering. The college’s Engineering Diversity Programs Office offers the summer engineering program, which has hosted a total of 230 middle school students and has grown from 23 participants in 2000 to 31 in 2013. This year’s camp was sponsored by Battelle and the TSIN.

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