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Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary Earns National Award

The TSIN is proud of Hattie Cotton STEM Magnet Elementary for many reasons, one being their recent naming as a 2013 Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America. Hattie Cotton is a STEM Platform school of the TSIN. From the announcement at the MNPS Children First blog: Elnora Mitchell-Furdge, Ed.S., Hattie Cotton’s principal, has led the school since 2011 after it became a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) magnet school. Hattie Cotton is part of a STEM […]

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Tennessee STEM Education Caucus Holds Second Briefing

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The TSIN was honored to co-host, along with the American Chemical Society, the Tennessee STEM Education Caucus’ briefing on the state of STEM education in Tennessee. The briefing, which is viewable online here, was held at the Tennessee state capitol yesterday and was attended by a number of legislators and STEM professionals. Tennessee’s STEM Education Caucus is bipartisan and bicameral and was the first state STEM caucus in the nation. Sen. Jim Tracy began by explaining his proposed Senate Bill […]

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TSIN Newsletter #1

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Click here to view the latest TSIN newsletter.  

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New TSIN STEM School and Regional Hub Open in West Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Memorial Institute today announced the expansion of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) into West Tennessee, as the state continues to grow educational programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The TSIN, a partnership between the department and Battelle designed to increase student participation in STEM subjects, formally announced the launch at the University of Memphis for the state’s West Tennessee STEM Collaboratory and STEM platform school. The Collaboratory, led by the University […]

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TVA Contributes to STEM Education in Tennessee

TVA contributes to TSIN 2012

At a legislative luncheon hosted by STEMspark East Tennessee Innovation Hub, TVA announced its support for the TSIN in the form of a $100,000 contribution to be divided among TSIN STEM Platform Schools across the state. “TVA understands that excellence in education is the key to our future,” said TVA vice president Justin Maierhofer. “We support initiatives like the STEM schools that develop a talent pipeline for TVA and its customers. Our employees also support our partner schools by volunteering […]

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Students at Innovation Academy adopt Rainbow Trout to study STEM

Innovation Academy trout hatchery visit

Last week, students from Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee, a platform school of the TSIN, visited the Erwin National Fish Hatchery. Students toured the hatchery and learned about the habitat and life cycle of rainbow trout. Finally, the students got to feed the trout in their outside pond. But best of all, students returned to their school with a cooler full of rainbow trout eggs. The eggs are being housed in the school’s STEM Labs in equipment donated by Trout […]

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NASA’s JPL Visits Innovation Academy

Barber in action with his NASA colleagues.

Last week, students at Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee, a STEM Platform School of the TSIN, had a very special visit from Todd Barber of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. Barber discussed the Mars, Saturn, and Jupiter missions, answering questions from students and expanding their curiosity about space exploration. Barber has enjoyed an exciting career with NASA and now serves as lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission to Saturn following part-time work on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission and […]

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