Students Gain Interest in STEM with Online Teaching Tool

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Hannah Strobl likes animals and dreams of becoming a veterinarian, and on Monday she was clicking through a specialized online STEM teaching tool at a snappy pace. “I like that it teaches you more about science, social studies and reading,” said the 12-year-old Ooltewah Middle School student about the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) training program called Learning Blade. State officials viewed Hannah and her classmates as they took part in a class at Ooltewah, hopeful that Learning Blade […]

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Students Race 3D Printed Cars in Lebanon

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Winfree Bryant Middle School’s cafeteria partially transformed into a race track Thursday as EXTEND students from the school and Byars Dowdy Elementary School showcased finished products of a collaboration effort. Starting Oct. 21, Margie Hawkins’ sixth-grade EXTEND class partnered with Byars Dowdy third-grade EXTEND students on a 3D printing project. The sixth-grade students worked as engineers in creating a race car for the third-grade students acting as clients in the design. The Byars Dowdy students traveled to Winfree Bryant each […]

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Einstein Fellowship for STEM Educators: Application Deadline November 19

Shared from our National STEMx Network Patti Obenour is an Education Project Manager with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), which is a U.S. Department of Energy Institute. ORISE administers the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Energy in partnership with other sponsors, including the National Science Foundation and NASA. Patti reached out with details about an interesting opportunity, so we traded some questions and answers with her. Applications […]

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TN Student Scores Holding Steady: NAEP Results

Tennessee’s scores held steady this year on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), and state officials say the overall progress made by students since 2011 allows Tennessee to maintain the title of “most improved.” “There is no state that has improved as much as we have, and second place isn’t close,” Gov. Bill Haslam said in a conference call with reporters Tuesday. The NAEP is the largest continuing and nationally representative assessment of what our nation’s students know and […]

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UT Martin Awarded Northwest TN STEM Hub

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Further advancing the state’s recent growth in the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network announced today the award of a $250,000 grant to the University of Tennessee at Martin to establish the Northwest Tennessee Regional STEM Hub. This new STEM Hub, scheduled to begin operation in November, joins six other regional STEM hubs located across the state in bringing new educational opportunities to students and teachers. “This new hub will expose […]

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CyberPatriot Designates STEMspark Hub as a Center of Excellence

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air Force Association’s (AFA) CyberPatriot program has announced STEMspark East Tennessee Innovation Hub (STEMspark) as its sixth CyberPatriot Center of Excellence. The Center of Excellence designation is awarded to communities and institutions that provide leadership and support to further the educational experiences of their students through the CyberPatriot program. CyberPatriot established the Centers of Excellence program in 2011, and has since then recognized five other entities – Los Angeles Unified School District, the City of San […]

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TSIN Announces TVA Mini-Grant Recipients


The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 Mini-Grant competition, sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority. We received over 100 applications totaling more than $100,000 in requests for the $30,000 in TVA funding. We are thrilled to see so many educators committed to expanding STEM opportunities for their students and we sincerely wish we could fund every proposal! Congratulations to all of the recipients and thank you to all who applied.  School   District   City   […]

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