New TSIN STEM School and Regional Hub Open in West Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Memorial Institute today announced the expansion of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) into West Tennessee, as the state continues to grow educational programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The TSIN, a partnership between the department and Battelle designed to increase student participation in STEM subjects, formally announced the launch at the University of Memphis for the state’s West Tennessee STEM Collaboratory and STEM platform school. The Collaboratory, led by the University […]

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TVA Contributes to STEM Education in Tennessee

TVA contributes to TSIN 2012

At a legislative luncheon hosted by STEMspark East Tennessee Innovation Hub, TVA announced its support for the TSIN in the form of a $100,000 contribution to be divided among TSIN STEM Platform Schools across the state. “TVA understands that excellence in education is the key to our future,” said TVA vice president Justin Maierhofer. “We support initiatives like the STEM schools that develop a talent pipeline for TVA and its customers. Our employees also support our partner schools by volunteering […]

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Students at Innovation Academy adopt Rainbow Trout to study STEM

Innovation Academy trout hatchery visit

Last week, students from Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee, a platform school of the TSIN, visited the Erwin National Fish Hatchery. Students toured the hatchery and learned about the habitat and life cycle of rainbow trout. Finally, the students got to feed the trout in their outside pond. But best of all, students returned to their school with a cooler full of rainbow trout eggs. The eggs are being housed in the school’s STEM Labs in equipment donated by Trout […]

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NASA’s JPL Visits Innovation Academy

Barber in action with his NASA colleagues.

Last week, students at Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee, a STEM Platform School of the TSIN, had a very special visit from Todd Barber of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. Barber discussed the Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter missions, answering questions from students and expanding their curiosity about space exploration. Barber has enjoyed an exciting career with NASA and now serves as lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission to Saturn following part-time work on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission and […]

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The KARST Hub is now STEMspark East Tennessee Innovation Hub

On a sunny morning this week at Knoxville’s L&N STEM Academy, area leaders in business and education met to discuss the region’s STEM strengths and then unveil the new name and logo for the TSIN’s Regional STEM Innovation Hub. Kathleen Airhart, Tennessee’s Deputy Commissioner of Education, delivered a summary of the state’s STEM Strategic Plan before joining L&N Principal Becky Ashe and Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre in the big reveal. And the new name is … STEMspark East […]

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2012 AIA & NDIA TN STEM Workforce Development Conference

Hub and school leaders from the TSIN had the good fortune to play an organizing role in the 2012 AIA & NDIA Tennessee STEM Workforce Development Conference that convened at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma last week. The conference brought together leaders from K-12 education, higher education, aerospace and defense, business, and the community to discuss how we can all collaborate to solve our STEM workforce shortages in the coming years. Participants heard presentations about the state of STEM […]

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Statewide Network Enables Sharing of Best Practices

[This is TSIN Director of Client Engagement Wesley Hall’s post from this week’s SCORE Sheet] Two weeks ago I stood in the gymnasium of Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee to participate in the ribbon cutting of the region’s new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) middle school. An overflowing crowd of excited students, parents, business leaders, and elected officials lined the gymnasium and wound through the hallways to hear how the school was going to stand out in a region […]

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The TSIN Opens Three New STEM Schools Across Tennessee

From the Tennessee Dept. of Education newsroom: NASHVILLE – Amid a national movement in education to better prepare students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the Tennessee Department of Education announces the opening of three new STEM-focused schools this year. The new programs are part of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, a collaboration between the department and Battelle Memorial Institute. “STEM is an important part of our statewide effort to increase the rigor and relevance of our students’ education,” […]

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RoboCamp 2012 in Nashville

Exciting update from our cluster of STEM schools in Nashville. RoboCamp 2012 was held at Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School July 9th-13th. Teachers from Bailey, Litton Middle School and Stratford STEM High School led rising 5th-7th graders through the process of building a robotic arm to use in a competition at the end of the week. The students also learned to solder on a circuit board for an electronic siren. A trip to the Nissan factory in Smyrna provided students […]

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STEMx Launched at U.S. News STEM Solutions Summit in Dallas

DALLAS, TX – JUNE 27, 2012 – Today, Battelle and thirteen state STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education networks officially launched STEMx at the U.S. News STEM Solutions Summit in Dallas, Texas. One year in the making and sponsored by Battelle, STEMx connects state networks and partners to accelerate the growth of policies, practices and partnerships that are needed to expand the number of STEM teachers, increase student achievement in STEM education and, ultimately, grow tomorrow’s innovators. Guided by […]

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