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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Learning Blade: Eye-Opening Career Interest for Students


What if your students could make real-world decisions that an architect makes when designing an earthquake resistant bridge?  What if students could act as a physician and calculate the exact dosage a patient would need to take of a certain medication based on their height and weight?  With Learning Blade, these scenarios and many others like them can be utilized to excite and inspire our students about future STEM careers. Students not only witness steps taken by many STEM professionals, […]

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MakerMinded Launch Event Schedule


Top Prizes Include a Virtual Reality System & Student STEM Camp Scholarships The TSIN is excited to announce the official launch of MakerMinded – a new program open to all Tennessee middle and high schools aimed at opening students’ minds to future advanced manufacturing careers through an exciting portfolio of STEM projects and activities. Students can participate individually or in groups in the wide variety of programs already listed on the new MakerMinded website, or upload their own projects. All completed STEM […]

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MakerMinded Digital Platform is Changing the Course of STEM and Advanced Manufacturing Learning Across the State

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Today the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) national manufacturing institute, in partnership with Tennessee Tech University’s iCube, the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN), the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and colleague national Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI) unveiled MakerMinded, a new online STEM learning and competition platform. The multi-pronged platform will help impassion students about advanced manufacturing and provide them with transformational STEM learning experiences that set them on track towards 21st century manufacturing careers. Tennessee is […]

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Manufacturing Week Kicks Off in Tennessee


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd kicked off Manufacturing Week, a ­celebration of Tennessee’s manufacturers aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers in the growing manufacturing industry in Tennessee. The Brookings Institution recently ranked Tennessee No. 1 in the U.S. for advanced industry job growth. Over the next five days, Gov. Haslam and Commissioner Boyd will visit manufacturing plants across Tennessee and meet with high school, middle school and community college students. “Manufacturing has […]

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