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TSIN Responds to 2012-2013 TCAP Results

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The Tennessee Department of Education released state-level results for the 2012-2013 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) yesterday. Tennessee students once again made gains on this year’s test, and particularly strong growth was shown in STEM subjects over last year. Proficiency in Algebra II is up 8.7 percentage points, Biology is up 6.4 points, and Algebra I is up 5 points.

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Language Arts in the STEM Classroom: Vanessa Greenlee Reflects on Year One

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“These kids have learned so much,” I think to myself as I watch my 7th graders present their last STEM projects of the year to an audience of external evaluators. Board of Education members, reporters, engineers, scientists—all keep approaching me with wonder on their faces to report how thoughtful and provoking the students’ designs are after they re-engineered some fourteen commonly-used household items.

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STEM School Chattanooga – Reflections on Year One

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STEM School Chattanooga is a Platform School of the TSIN with the primary task of developing best practices in STEM teaching and learning to share with the rest of the state through the STEM Innovation Hubs. This new high school opened in the fall of 2012. The TSIN asked Principal Tony Donen to share his reflections on their first year in operation.

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Cool STEM Job: Vice President, Product Innovation & Plant Operations

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Tennessee is a great place to pursue a STEM career. But don’t just take our word for it. To inspire the state’s next generation of technological leaders to pursue STEM careers, the TSIN is collecting profiles of people already working in STEM in Tennessee.

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TSIN Newsletter I.ii

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The TSIN quarterly newsletter went out to subscribers last week. If you missed it, read it online here and subscribe in the sidebar for future issues.

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Southeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub Awards Four Local Grants

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Four school districts in Southeast Tennessee have the opportunity to spread best practices in STEM education within their schools thanks to a new investment from the Southeast Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub, a STEM Innovation Hub of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network.

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Studying Transformations at Hattie Cotton

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STEM hands-on learning helps young students grasp complex scientific principles in tangible, relatable ways. When TSIN platform school Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary launched their recent unit on Scientific Transformations, STEM instructional designers Dr. Regina Etter and Lakisha Brinson wanted to build excitement among students and inspire them to dig deep into the science underlying everyday transformations.

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