West Tennessee MakerMinded Launch A Success!


The TSIN would like to thank everyone who made the MakerMinded West Tennessee Launch at the University of Memphis’ Engineering Day such a great success! Hundreds of local middle and high school students participated in engaging STEM related activities! “E-Day” is an annual open house event hosted by the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis. Composed of numerous activities such as bio material design challenges, flash building, water filtration, boat races, as well as engineering lab tours, […]

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MakerMinded Launch Events Start Across Tennessee


MakerMinded, a new program designed to increase student interest in advanced manufacturing, officially launched in Tennessee this month! Throughout this week and next, students throughout the state will be participating in three launch events to kick-off the MakerMinded campaign. Tuesday, students from Cookeville High School participated in the first launch event at Tennessee Tech University’s iCube. Students explored iCube’s virtual reality programs and had the opportunity to put their manufacturing skills to the test while designing a car in the […]

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Learning Blade: Eye-Opening Career Interest for Students


What if your students could make real-world decisions that an architect makes when designing an earthquake resistant bridge?  What if students could act as a physician and calculate the exact dosage a patient would need to take of a certain medication based on their height and weight?  With Learning Blade, these scenarios and many others like them can be utilized to excite and inspire our students about future STEM careers. Students not only witness steps taken by many STEM professionals, […]

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MakerMinded Launch Event Schedule


Top Prizes Include a Virtual Reality System & Student STEM Camp Scholarships The TSIN is excited to announce the official launch of MakerMinded – a new program open to all Tennessee middle and high schools aimed at opening students’ minds to future advanced manufacturing careers through an exciting portfolio of STEM projects and activities. Students can participate individually or in groups in the wide variety of programs already listed on the new MakerMinded website, or upload their own projects. All completed STEM […]

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MakerMinded Digital Platform is Changing the Course of STEM and Advanced Manufacturing Learning Across the State

Photograph by @LNSTEMpunks

Today the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) national manufacturing institute, in partnership with Tennessee Tech University’s iCube, the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN), the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and colleague national Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) unveiled MakerMinded, a new online STEM learning and competition platform. The multi-pronged platform will help impassion students about advanced manufacturing and provide them with transformational STEM learning experiences that set them on track towards 21st century manufacturing careers. Tennessee is […]

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Manufacturing Week Kicks Off in Tennessee


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd kicked off Manufacturing Week, a ­celebration of Tennessee’s manufacturers aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers in the growing manufacturing industry in Tennessee. The Brookings Institution recently ranked Tennessee No. 1 in the U.S. for advanced industry job growth. Over the next five days, Gov. Haslam and Commissioner Boyd will visit manufacturing plants across Tennessee and meet with high school, middle school and community college students. “Manufacturing has […]

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TSIN Selects MTSU for STEM Hub Partnership


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 […]

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4th Annual Mini Maker Faire in Nashville Sept. 17


On Saturday, September 17th, the Adventure Science Center will host 4th annual Mini Maker Faire. Modeled after the World Maker Faire New York, Nashville’s Mini Maker Faire provides an opportunity for local creative makers of all ages to showcase their work. The 2016 Mini Maker Faire will include Bot Battles, Power Wheels Racing, and Tinker Garages, among dozens of other demonstrations and workshops. Exhibitors will share their stories and the knowledge of manufacturing and engineering they have learned along the […]

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Is Ag the Answer to STEM?


by: Dr. Kristopher Elliott, Director of STEM for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools There is no doubt that STEM has become a hot topic in education. Teaching science and math with a silo approach does not reflect the real world, and often falls short of giving students the ability to problem solve as critical thinkers; a vital skill set business and industry are becoming more and more vocal about. Moreover, the interest in STEM has started to materialize in the form […]

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Innovative Leaders Institute to Train TN Principals


The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, a public/private partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Education, announced today the 28 Tennessee educators accepted into the third annual Innovative Leaders Institute – a six day interactive series of workshops designed to grow highly effective principals, assistant principals, and school leaders to use STEM strategies and innovative instructional techniques to impact teacher practices and student achievement in Tennessee. This free professional development workshop series was designed by Tennessee school leaders for […]

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