The mission of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network is to promote and expand the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in K-12 schools across Tennessee.
- Increase student interest, participation, and achievement in STEM
- Expand student access to effective STEM teachers and leaders
- Reduce the state's STEM talent and skills gap
- Build community awareness and support for STEM
TSIN has established ten STEM platform schools and six regional STEM Innovation Hubs across Tennessee. The platform schools directly engage students in integrated STEM teaching and learning opportunities, while serving as demonstration sites for other schools to visit and observe STEM teaching practices in action. The regional STEM Innovation Hubs work with the platform schools to share best practices regionally with a broad audience of stakeholders (including other K-12 schools, higher education partners, industry partners, and parents/community members). Hubs provide professional development to educators and organize regional events that raise the community's awareness for the importance of STEM education.
TSIN primarily uses social media and newsletters to promote events and share information with statewide STEM stakeholders. For events, TSIN issues media advisories and press releases, while making key players available for interviews.
The 2013-2014 TCAP (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program) data shows that approximately 100,000 additional Tennessee students are on grade level in math and 57,000 additional students are on grade level in science compared to 2010 statewide results. Particularly strong growth was shown in high school mathematics, leading to a greater level of readiness for those students about to enter college and career.
Through the efforts of the regional STEM Innovation Hubs:
- Over 3,500 teachers trained through professional development offerings
- Over 500,000 students impacted
- All 95 TN counties reached
- More than 200 business partners brought into the STEM movement L&N STEM Academy in Knoxville graduated their first class in 2014 with a 100% graduation rate.
- Ninety-five percent of the graduates were headed to a 4 or 2 year university or the military.
- Southwind High School in Memphis is a 2014 Reward School for progress, and L&N STEM Academy is a 2014 Reward School for performance. The 2014 graduates from Stratford STEM Magnet High School in Nashville and L&N STEM Academy earned over $6.5 Million in scholarships. Innovation Academy in Blountville and L&N STEM Academy both earned the designation of “Apple School of Distinction,” making them the only two schools in Tennessee to earn the high honor. 100% of STEM School Chattanooga’s 11th grade students are enrolled in college courses and are receiving both high school and college credits (The school is grades 9 - 11, adding 12th grade in 2015.) Evaluation report by Vanderbilt University:
The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network was originally funded through Race to the Top as a core priority for the Tennessee Department of Education. TSIN is a public-private partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Memorial Institute, with Battelle managing and directing the network. The network receives continued state funding and private contributions from Battelle - with support from other Tennessee STEM industry partners.
The network, through the regional STEM Innovation Hubs, has created partnerships with over 200 STEM industry partners. Notable partnerships have been with:
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- Eastman Chemical Company
- Wellmont Health Systems
- Volkswagen North America
- Nissan North America
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Non-Profit and Public Partnerships:
The regional STEM Innovation Hubs are hosted by non-profit and education partners. The six hubs are currently managed and hosted by:
- East Tennessee State University
- Knox County Schools
- Public Education Foundation (Chattanooga)
- Tennessee Technological University
Tennessee STEM Innovation Network
1207 18th Avenue S.
Nashville TN 37212
Year Established: 2010
Wesley Hall, Director