West Tennessee STEM Hub

2017-2018 Opportunities for Students

The 2018 STEM Essay competition is now open! 

Sponsored by Buckman and the West TN STEM Hub 

WHO All West TN region middle school and high school students living in one of the following counties:

Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Dyer, Fayette, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lake, Lauderdale, Madison, McNairy, Obion, Shelby, Tipton, Weakley.

WHAT Prepare and submit a 1,200 1,500 word essay on the following topic:

Sustainability as a Driver of Innovation.

Your essay should focus on how the need (and demand) for sustainable practices is leading to exciting innovations in STEM. Participants should pay special attention to the rubric in the download below, as judges will use this in scoring the essays.

WHEN Essays are due on Friday, April 27, 2018.

Download the Essay Competition Announcement to get started! 

The above document includes more information about the writing prompt, scoring rubric, submission procedure, and cash prizes. Also download the Essay Competition Template to format your cover page and essay.
Check out last year's winning entries on the Buckman STEM page.

DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World
at the iMax 

Opened February 10, 2018 at the Pink Palace Museum

A giant-screen adventure unlike any other, DREAM BIG: Engineering Our World, is an epically fun tour of inspiration through the visionary advances made by engineers. Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, this is the first IMAX story to answer the call of the STEM initiative – which offers a fresh perspective on engineering and aims to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to become the innovators, educators, and leaders who will improve the lives of people across our entire planet throughout the 21st Century. The award-winning filmmaking team at MacGillivray Freeman Films reveals not only the grandeur but the heart, humanity, and optimism that exists within every problem-solving project.

Produced in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers and presented by Bechtel Corporation, DREAM BIG reveals how engineers have changed both everyday lives and entire societies: from the Roman Arch to the Great Wall of China, from one much-needed village bridge to the cosmic International Space Station, from underwater robots to death-defying rollercoasters, wind-defying skyscrapers and pneumatic tube vehicles that might one day zoom at 700 MPH. It’s the perfect encapsulation of what engineering is all about: ordinary people finding ways to defy the impossible and change the world, and their own lives, in the process.


Teachers: Visit the film's education page find a corresponding Educator Guide & Lesson Plans.

Memphis Canstruction JR

Registration Opened in September

Canstruction® is a competition that engages participants in structural design while also allowing them to make a significant positive impact on hunger in their local community. This year's competition will be on April 6, 2018. We look forward to seeing new designs!  Check out the event website for more details.


Herff College of Engineering  EDAY 2017

The Herff College of Engineering hosted competitions, walk-up activities, lab tours, and a host of other exciting events during its annual E-Day celebration! Visit the EDAY website for more information about next year's event.