Remembering Margaret Ashida

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is indescribably saddened by the passing of STEMx director, Margaret Ashida. Margaret was an endeared Battelle Education colleague, a tireless advocate for STEM teaching and learning nationally, and a great partner to our network’s efforts in the Volunteer State. We were honored to work closely with Margaret to jointly convene fellow STEMx member states and the TSIN regional partners in Nashville in 2013 for collaboration. She believed strongly in the power of networks, willingly connecting […]

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Join Us! Webinar and Discussion About STEM In Elementary Grades

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By giving our kids the tools they need to succeed in STEM, we are giving them a huge leg up as they enter the job market. But when we think STEM, we often think of middle school and high school, robotics and chemistry—not first graders and the sand table. While any exposure to STEM is good, research studies show that kids who experience STEM early through hands-on learning are the ones who will be best equipped to develop a strong […]

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STEM-Infusing the Elementary Classroom, Part III: Fostering Teacher Buy-In


If you have been following this series of posts(read post 1 here, and post 2 here), you have seen evidence of the dramatic instructional shift that has taken place in our school toward STEM-infusing our elementary classrooms. I will not pretend that we have arrived at some extraordinary final goal, that we have it all figured out, or that our staff is completely comfortable with this drastic pedagogical change. However, in this now two-year-old process, we are further along than […]

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Camp STEM: More Than A Science Camp

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This summer wrapped up the first of a series of camps at MTSU called “Camp STEM,”  a summer program for kindergarten through 6th graders designed to expand student horizons in STEM. The camp includes hands-on science activities studying earth, life and physical sciences, robotics technology, and arts and crafts. David Lockett, the director and founder of Camp STEM and a teacher at Homer Pittard Campus School, started Camp STEM on a whim, stating it was “based solely on the idea […]

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L&N STEM Academy Welcomes First Regional Students


This week, the L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville will welcome its first regional students, as the Knox County school opens its doors to students that applied from 5 regional county and city school systems for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Joined by the Innovation Academy in Blountville, which enrolled students from 4 surrounding counties this year, the L&N STEM Academy and Innovation Academy are the first two schools in the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network with enrollment from throughout the region. On […]

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Volkswagen Plant Brings STEM Jobs to Chattanooga


The Board of Directors of Volkswagen Group of America has decided to award the production of the new midsize SUV to the Chattanooga plant in Tennessee. The Group will be investing a total of approximately $900 million  in the production of a newly developed, seven-passenger SUV, and creating 2,000 additional jobs in the US.  About $600 million will be invested in Tennessee. “The Chattanooga-built midsize SUV will allow us to fulfill the wishes of our dealer network, bringing new customers […]

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Stratford Principal Honored with STEM Leadership Award


Guest Post from the International Association for STEM Leaders   On April 24 and 25, Millwood Virginia-based, International Association for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leaders successfully launched its inaugural leadership event at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.  Nearly 100 STEM leaders from around the world joined IASL leadership.  This invitation only annual STEM Leadership Summit recognized several attendees for their leadership in STEM education through a formal awards ceremony, including Stratford STEM Magnet High […]

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