Sharing the Tennessee Model: Building a Statewide Network for STEM

TSIN Group at ORAU Conference June 2014

TSIN Hub Directors pictured left to right: Wesley Hall, TSIN; Jack Rhoton, ETSU Northeast TN; Sally Pardue, Upper Cumberland; Alfred Hall, West TN; Vicki Metzgar, Middle TN; and Marilyn Roddy, STEMspark East TN. Not pictured: Keri Randolph, SE TN. Since its establishment in 2010, the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) has established a strong network to support STEM education throughout the state. In June, TSIN shared the accomplishments of its Network and six regional Hubs during a panel session at […]

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Creating Effective STEM Lessons


This article was written by Anne Jolly,  Education Week Teacher, June 17, 2014. Six Characteristics of a Great STEM Lesson. STEM is more than just a grouping of subject areas. It is a movement to develop the deep mathematical and scientific underpinnings students need to be competitive in the 21st-century workforce. But this movement goes far beyond preparing students for specific jobs. STEM develops a set of thinking, reasoning, teamwork, investigative, and creative skills that students can use in all […]

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STEM Platform Schools Graduate First Class

Congrats class of 2014

When the 2014 graduates at L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville and Stratford STEM Magnet High School in Nashville walked across the stage and received their diplomas, it marked another important step along their path to a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Amid the camera flashes from a sea of beaming parents, these students stand out not only for their academic achievements, but also as trailblazers. As the first class to graduate from a TN STEM platform school, these […]

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L&N STEM Academy Celebrates Graduates

L&N 1st graduating class 2014

Congratulations to the first graduating class at Knoxville’s L&N STEM Academy, a TSIN platform school. With this years graduating class, the school has an impressive 100% graduation rate with 95% of students headed to four-year or two-year college, or the military. The 2014 graduates earned $1.562 million in scholarship funds, which equates to $37,190 per student.  Since opening in 2011 in the historic L&N building, the school has earned a reputation for its approach to education, which weaves STEM (science, […]

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A New Chapter Unfolds for Stratford STEM Magnet School

Stratford STEM Magnet2014

Read about the dramatic impact that STEM education has had on the lives of students at Stratford STEM Magnet High School. In 2010, TSIN partnered with Metro Nashville Schools to form a STEM platform school at Stratford. We are proud of their progress and bright outlook for the future. The school’s academy model and turn around was recently featured in an article by Jon Gugala published in the The East Nashvillian May/June 2014 issue. STEM-ing THE TIDE: Stratford STEM Magnet […]

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STEM Conference Brings West TN Leaders Together

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The West TN STEM Hub’s annual Innovations in K-20 STEM Education Conference was a success! Nearly 75 participants from across West TN convened on the University of Memphis – Lambuth campus in Jackson to discuss STEM education and the workforce landscape. Representatives from the TN Department of Economic and Community Development discussed the STEM business forecast for the state. Partnership development in career and technical education was the topic of discussion during a presentation by the Department of Education. The conference […]

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West TN Students Go Wild in STEM Challenge at Memphis Zoo

West TN Zoo Challenge awards 2014

The West Tennessee STEM Hub sponsored the first annual STEM Challenge Summit on May 2, 2014 at the Memphis Zoo. Teams of students from five high schools and one middle school presented their plans for redesigning or renovating the zoo’s aging Herpetarium (Reptile House), which opened in 1960. Two schools presented scale models of their designs.  East High School won in the first division; Southwind High School won the second division. Dresden Middle School won the middle school section “Zoo […]

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Northeast TN Students Get Hands-on with Nature

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Spring has returned to Tennessee and students at Innovation Academy in Kingsport, TN took advantage of the creek on campus for their Eco-Friendly Unit. Students explored the creek, conducted water testing, and searched for macro invertebrates. With this type of engaged and authentic learning, Innovation Academy hopes to ignite a desire within their students to further their education in a STEM field. ‪ Innovation Academy’s students study subjects through an integrated approach that enables them to see all knowledge as connected, […]

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Middle TN Hub Sponsors STEM Expo


In April over 200 middle and high school students participated in the second annual STEM EXPO held at Volunteer State Community College. The STEM Expo is a program of the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub, which promotes STEM teaching and learning in 26 mid-state counties and reaches over 315,000 K-12 students. Students from the Hub’s partnering districts presented 82 projects for evaluation. Projects fell into one of five categories: STEM Research, Technology, Engineering I, Engineering II, and Agricultural STEM. Evaluators listened […]

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Jack Rhoton Awarded Highest Honor by NSTA

Rhoton NSTA award

Congratulations to Dr. Jack Rhoton, director of ETSU’s Northeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub, on receiving the Robert H. Carleton Award for National Leadership in the Field of Science Education by the National Science Teachers Association. The award recognizes one individual who has made outstanding contributions to science education at the national level and to NSTA. It is the highest and most prestigious award a NSTA member can receive. Rhoton received the award during the 2014 NSTA Teacher Awards ceremony held […]

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