West Tennessee STEM Hub

Innovations in STEM Education Conference

2017 Innovations in STEM Conference!

A fantastic group of K-12, higher education, and industry partners joined us September 15, 2017 at the FedEx Institute of Technology for the West TN STEM Hub's annual conference to learn about new STEM resources and share best practices to motivate ALL students to consider STEM majors and careers!  Check out conference details and follow the links below to learn more about our sessions and presentors!

Final Agenda

For more information:

Robotics Education Foundation

TDOT TRAC program

West TN STEM - Online Modules
Module Descriptions

Module Access Information

CyberPatriot - national website

CyberPatriot - West TN STEM Hub resources

Explore the 2016 Innovations Conference Information

Nearly 300 K-12 teachers, administrators, higher education faculty, and industry and community partners convened for the 2016 conference to learn from leaders in industry and education about STEM practices that are effective for increasing students' interest and preparedness for STEM careers, and the importance of building a community of practice!  Check out the conference materials available below (more to be added soon), and be sure to join the TSIN STEM Community of practice and sign up for MakerMinded!!!

Main Agenda

CTE Agenda

Morning Session Speaker Bios

Livestream:  Morning Sessions from 'The Zone'

Powerpoint and Handouts:

Keynote Address

'A Day in the Life of IT' - IP

IT Lesson Plans - IP

IT Proof of Delivery Project - IP

IT Proof of Delivery Diagram - IP

Paper is Power School Curriculum - IP 

STEM on a Shoestring - Knowledge Tree

Online Resources for Teachers - Missy Abel and Jessica Minton

Learning Blade Flyer

Learning Blade Startup Instructions

Online STEM Integrated Modules

STEM Lending Library

Engaging IT and Cybersecurity

Connecting Work-based Learning

Funding Strategies and Partnerships in STEM

Buckman STEM Challenge

Engineering Design in Science Standards

Collaborations in Manufacturing

TSIN Community of Practice and Maker Minded

Breakout Session Summaries


Explore the 2015 Innovations Conference Information

The 2015 annual Innovations in K-20 STEM Education Conference was highly successful this year and we thank all the participants who attended. The conference was held on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the Fed Ex Institute of Technology on the University of Memphis campus. The focus of this year’s conference dealt with Collective Impact and Ted Townsend from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development served as the keynote speaker.  STEM leaders from K-12, higher education, and industry engaged in a variety of activities including panel discussions and meaningful conversations in order to generate new ideas, strategies and express their thoughts regarding the collective impact of STEM education as well as future needs for STEM education.

Explore the 2014 Conference Materials and Information

The annual Innovations in K-20 STEM Education Conference was a success! Held on Friday, April 25, 2014, the conference brought nearly 75 participants from across West TN together in Jackson, on the University of Memphis – Lambuth campus, to discuss STEM education and the STEM workforce landscape. The conference provided a venue for leaders from K-12, higher education, and industry to engage in meaningful conversations regarding the state of the practice in STEM education. The goal of this conference was to create a "think tank" environment that generated ideas and transformative strategies to continue move West TN STEM education forward through collaborative effort from all stakeholders. The conference featured discussions regarding:

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Explore the 2013 Conference Materials and Information

This inaugural conference featured discussions regarding:

  • Innovations in STEM teaching and learning
  • STEM Pipeline issues
  • STEM teacher preparation
  • Legislative and policy implications for STEM education
  • Opportunities for enhancing K-12 STEM education through Career and Technology programs.

Download the conference agenda, session descriptions and post session summaries and key take aways here.

Innovations in K20 STEM Agenda

Session Descriptions

Session Summaries