TSIN Announces TVA Mini-Grant Recipients


The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Mini-Grant competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority. We received over 100 applications totaling more than $100,000 in requests for the $30,000 in TVA funding. We are thrilled to see so many educators committed to expanding STEM opportunities for their students and we sincerely wish we could fund every proposal! Congratulations to all of the recipients and thank you to all who applied.  School   District   City   […]

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Fairview Elementary Wins National Aerospace Award

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Fairview Elementary School has skyrocketed to national prominence! During the school’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Day in May, the Civil Air Patrol representatives presented two national awards related to the Aerospace Connections in Education (ACE) program. The Air Force auxiliary offers the ACE program to K-6 educators who are aerospace education members or CAP senior members. Media specialist Suzanne Costner was named the 2015 National CAP ACE Educator of the Year. She was selected from 320 educators nationwide. […]

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Tennessee Passes ‘Women in STEM’ Resolution

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey presented a state-resolution urging more women to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math careers on Tuesday. This comes during Women’s History Month, which has been celebrated in March since 1987. Speaker of the House Beth Harwell joined Lt. Gov. Ramsey in the State Senate Chamber to recognize and commend the hard working women of Tennessee who work and study in STEM fields. The event, sponsored by Million Women Mentors and over a dozen […]

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STEM School Chattanooga is model for rest of the state, education commissioner says

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This article was featured in the Chattanooga Times Free Press on  February 5, 2015.  Author: Will Healey Newly sworn-in Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen was the featured speaker on a panel discussing 21st century education initiatives at STEM School Chattanooga on Wednesday. A crowd of roughly 50 local educators, administrators and government officials sat among 3-D printers and computers in the school’s “Fab Lab” listening to McQueen and her fellow panelists. Discussion centered around what Chattanooga needs to do to […]

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Tennessee’s STEM Investment Showing Promise

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The 10 K-12 platform schools and six regional innovation hubs that make up the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network are demonstrating progress and the potential for sustainability, according to a Vanderbilt research analysis of the TSIN. Established in 2011, the TSIN is a public-private collaboration between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Memorial Institute designed to promote and expand the teaching and learning of the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education—in K-12 public schools across Tennessee. The network’s formation […]

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Knoxville Area “STEM Scouts” Program to go Nationwide

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After nearly two years in its test phase, STEM Scouts, a $1.9 million pilot program in the Knoxville area by the Boy Scouts of America, is planning to go nationwide in May 2015. The program shows youth from elementary through high school how to apply STEM in their everyday lives and encourages them to develop those experiences into a future career. STEM Scouts are grouped into “laboratories,” and the first pilot laboratories began in Spring of 2014 at the Clayton-Bradley […]

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Regional STEM Spotlight: Oak Ridge Schools

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The City of Oak Ridge was founded on STEM.  The U.S. government created Oak Ridge as a secret city, built as part of the Manhattan Project. The city’s many rich STEM assets include the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Y-12 National Security Complex, and a host of industries which work in high technology and scientific fields.  STEM jobs in Oak Ridge range from nuclear safety to energy infrastructure to chemical engineering, as well as cybersecurity, nanotechnology, emergency […]

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Remembering Margaret Ashida

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is indescribably saddened by the passing of STEMx director, Margaret Ashida. Margaret was an endeared Battelle Education colleague, a tireless advocate for STEM teaching and learning nationally, and a great partner to our network’s efforts in the Volunteer State. We were honored to work closely with Margaret to jointly convene fellow STEMx member states and the TSIN regional partners in Nashville in 2013 for collaboration. She believed strongly in the power of networks, willingly connecting […]

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Join Us! Webinar and Discussion About STEM In Elementary Grades

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By giving our kids the tools they need to succeed in STEM, we are giving them a huge leg up as they enter the job market. But when we think STEM, we often think of middle school and high school, robotics and chemistry—not first graders and the sand table. While any exposure to STEM is good, research studies show that kids who experience STEM early through hands-on learning are the ones who will be best equipped to develop a strong […]

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STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom, Part III: Fostering Teacher Buy-In


If you have been following this series of posts(read post 1 here, and post 2 here), you have seen evidence of the dramatic instructional shift that has taken place in our school toward STEM-infusing our elementary classrooms. I will not pretend that we have arrived at some extraordinary final goal, that we have it all figured out, or that our staff is completely comfortable with this drastic pedagogical change. However, in this now two-year-old process, we are further along than […]

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