STEM Network and TVA Provide STEM Grants to Schools


  Further advancing the state’s recent growth in the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN), Battelle Education, and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) announced today the 18 statewide recipients of the Network’s yearly competitive STEM classroom grants.  (A complete list of schools funded appears at the end of this article.) Since 2012, the TSIN and TVA have partnered to provide funding for STEM learning projects in Tennessee classrooms and schools. […]

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Meet Tennessee’s New “Farm to School Specialist”


The Tennessee Department of Education has recently added the “Farm to School Specialist” position.  We got a chance to ask Rachel Head about this new role and why it is essential for our state. Please introduce yourself.  Tell us what a “Farm to School Specialist” is and describe the main goals you are trying to accomplish in this position.  Why is this role important for our state? As the Farm to School Specialist, my main goal is to help School […]

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Weekend Barnes and Noble Mini Maker Faires Brought Together Makers of All Kinds


Barnes & Noble stores across the country hosted the 2nd Annual Mini Maker Faire event at local participating stores this past weekend. The Mini Maker Faire at Barnes & Noble brought together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science club members, students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and Makers of all kinds to learn from each other, get craft ideas and science fair project ideas, hear the experts, and work on projects.  There were numerous exciting and engaging projects to immerse yourself in!  Check […]

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MakerMinded Kicks-off In East Tennessee with Learning Blade’s Car Manufacturing Challenge!


On Tuesday, MakerMinded had its third and final Tennessee launch event at the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga. For this event, MakerMinded partnered with Learning Blade, a unique mission-based learning platform that exposes students to STEM careers. To kick-off MakerMinded in East Tennessee, students from Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, Girls Inc., among others, participated in the Learning Blade Car Manufacturing Challenge. In this challenge, they designed, built, and tested a car that was propelled only by rubber bands. Students worked collaboratively […]

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TN Students the Fastest Improving in the Nation in Science


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Tennessee students are the fastest improving in the nation in science, according to the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly known as the Nation’s Report Card. The last time fourth and eighth grade students both took NAEP science was 2009, and the 2015 NAEP results show Tennessee is the only state to grow faster than the nation in both grades with Tennessee students doubling the average national growth. Tennessee also narrowed […]

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West Tennessee MakerMinded Launch A Success!


The TSIN would like to thank everyone who made the MakerMinded West Tennessee Launch at the University of Memphis’ Engineering Day such a great success! Hundreds of local middle and high school students participated in engaging STEM related activities! “E-Day” is an annual open house event hosted by the Herff College of Engineering at the University of Memphis. Composed of numerous activities such as bio material design challenges, flash building, water filtration, boat races, as well as engineering lab tours, […]

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MakerMinded Launch Events Start Across Tennessee


MakerMinded, a new program designed to increase student interest in advanced manufacturing, officially launched in Tennessee this month! Throughout this week and next, students throughout the state will be participating in three launch events to kick-off the MakerMinded campaign. Tuesday, students from Cookeville High School participated in the first launch event at Tennessee Tech University’s iCube. Students explored iCube’s virtual reality programs and had the opportunity to put their manufacturing skills to the test while designing a car in the […]

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