Camp STEM: More Than A Science Camp

Camp STEM 2014

This summer wrapped up the first of a series of camps at MTSU called “Camp STEM,”  a summer program for kindergarten through 6th graders designed to expand student horizons in STEM. The camp includes hands-on science activities studying earth, life and physical sciences, robotics technology, and arts and crafts. David Lockett, the director and founder of Camp STEM and a teacher at Homer Pittard Campus School, started Camp STEM on a whim, stating it was “based solely on the idea […]

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L&N STEM Academy Welcomes First Regional Students


This week, the L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville will welcome its first regional students, as the Knox County school opens its doors to students that applied from 5 regional county and city school systems for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Joined by the Innovation Academy in Blountville, which enrolled students from 4 surrounding counties this year, the L&N STEM Academy and Innovation Academy are the first two schools in the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network with enrollment from throughout the region. On […]

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Volkswagen Plant Brings STEM Jobs to Chattanooga


The Board of Directors of Volkswagen Group of America has decided to award the production of the new midsize SUV to the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee. The Group will be investing a total of approximately $900 million  in the production of a newly developed, seven-passenger SUV, and creating 2,000 additional jobs in the US.  About $600 million will be invested in Tennessee. “The Chattanooga-built midsize SUV will allow us to fulfill the wishes of our dealer network, bringing new customers […]

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Stratford Principal Honored with STEM Leadership Award


Guest Post from the International Association for STEM Leaders   On April 24 and 25, Millwood Virginia-based, International Association for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leaders successfully launched its inaugural leadership event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  Nearly 100 STEM leaders from around the world joined IASL leadership.  This invitation only annual STEM Leadership Summit recognized several attendees for their leadership in STEM education through a formal awards ceremony, including Stratford STEM Magnet High […]

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Students Work to Improve Bike Safety over Summer Break


Guest Author: Delaine Wendling, a lead teacher from Stratford STEM Magnet High School‘s Academy of Science and Engineering The new school year looms just around the corner promising new interactions, knowledge, and growth. Oh yes, and impressive moments. My students never fail to impress me, whether it’s through their ability to talk their way out of a consequence or their innovative solutions to different problems. Today, my students delivered; and they delivered at a whole new level. The halls have […]

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CSI: Stratford STEM Magnet High School

Stratford Criminal Justice Kids

Guest Author – The Academies of Nashville Blog As Criminal Justice students at Stratford learn, “M.O.M.” is the acronym for motive, opportunity, and means. It is a common formula used in criminal investigations, forensic analysis of evidence, and investigative case management. In this case, the “O” in “M.O.M.” applies to the opportunity Stratford teachers were recently given by the Metro Nashville Police Department to shadow and work with Police officials to develop engaging curriculum for the students in the high […]

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STEMmobile Featured in Classroom Chronicles


The STEMmobile was recently highlighted in the TN Department of Education’s “Classroom Chronicles” blog. Classroom Chronicles staff writer Ashley Ball visited Celina, TN, a small town of around 1,500 people tucked away in the Cumberland Mountains of Clay County, where the STEMmobile was at K-8 Celina School for the week. An excerpt from the article: Bright eyed Celina students huddle around fifth-grade science teacher Donetta Birdwell. Birdwell is one of two STEM hub teachers at Celina School, selected to facilitate […]

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Guest Author: Infusing STEM in the Elementary Classroom, Part 2


Student Mindsets of STEM-Infusion By Miranda Reagan If you read my first post and came back for this one, I hope you are beginning to see that STEM-integration is both worthwhile and doable at the elementary level. In fact, it not only reinforces learning in all subject areas, but also provides students with 21st century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. In our experience so far in the process of STEM-infusion, we have discovered that students undergo […]

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Guest Author: STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom, Part 1


The Whys and Hows of Elementary STEM-Infusion By Miranda Reagan Teachers today face a unique challenge. The world we live in is changing so rapidly that we have no way of imagining the future we are preparing our students to live in. Gone are the days of teaching and memorizing facts. Our constantly changing lives drive a need for students to be able to synthesize, apply, and innovate with information. Teachers are charged with not only preparing our students to […]

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2014 TCAP Shows Continued Growth in STEM

TCAP Results 2014

Today, the Tennessee Department of Education released the statewide results for the 2013-2014 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP).   The statewide results provide additional insight for areas of needed focus in the coming year and provide a pulse-check on our state’s commitment to raising the bar in the classroom. We celebrate with students and educators that this year’s TCAP scores demonstrate sustained growth in mathematics and science! This year’s data bodes well for our efforts to improve and expand the teaching […]

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