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Northeast TN Students Get Hands-on with Nature

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Spring has returned to Tennessee and students at Innovation Academy in Kingsport, TN took advantage of the creek on campus for their Eco-Friendly Unit. Students explored the creek, conducted water testing, and searched for macro invertebrates. With this type of engaged and authentic learning, Innovation Academy hopes to ignite a desire within their students to further their education in a STEM field. ‪ Innovation Academy’s students study subjects through an integrated approach that enables them to see all knowledge as connected, […]

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Innovation Academy Receives Apple Distinguished School Award

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The following article appeared on March 25, 2014 in the Kingsport Times-News. KINGSPORT — Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee formally received its Apple Distinguished School (ADS) award Tuesday night for this school year and next. The presentation came amid the applause of students, teachers and area school officials, as well as the accolades of officials from East Tennessee State University, the Battelle Memorial Institute and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. The award makes the platform STEM school — which focuses on […]

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Interdisciplinary Agriculture Unit at Innovation Academy

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Cross-curricular learning is in full swing at Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee.

As part of a unit on the science of agriculture, eighth graders at Innovation Academy constructed and filled raised bed gardens. With the help of the UT Agriculture Extension, students were taught how to construct the beds and what mixture of sand and compost would produce the best results.

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Innovation Academy’s Second Year Features Even More Hands-on Learning


Innovation Academy is off to a great start in our second year. We added eighth grade this year and are excited to continue preparing these students for future STEM careers.

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Language Arts in the STEM Classroom: Vanessa Greenlee Reflects on Year One

External judges evaluated the product modifications and the students' application of the Engineering Design Process.

“These kids have learned so much,” I think to myself as I watch my 7th graders present their last STEM projects of the year to an audience of external evaluators. Board of Education members, reporters, engineers, scientists—all keep approaching me with wonder on their faces to report how thoughtful and provoking the students’ designs are after they re-engineered some fourteen commonly-used household items.

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Students at Innovation Academy adopt Rainbow Trout to study STEM

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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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Statewide Network Enables Sharing of Best Practices

[This is TSIN Director of Client Engagement Wesley Hall’s post from this week’s SCORE Sheet] Two weeks ago I stood in the gymnasium of Innovation Academy of Northeast Tennessee to participate in the ribbon cutting of the region’s new science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) middle school. An overflowing crowd of excited students, parents, business leaders, and elected officials lined the gymnasium and wound through the hallways to hear how the school was going to stand out in a region […]

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The TSIN Opens Three New STEM Schools Across Tennessee

From the Tennessee Dept. of Education newsroom: NASHVILLE – Amid a national movement in education to better prepare students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the Tennessee Department of Education announces the opening of three new STEM-focused schools this year. The new programs are part of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, a collaboration between the department and Battelle Memorial Institute. “STEM is an important part of our statewide effort to increase the rigor and relevance of our students’ education,” […]

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