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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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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