The West TN STEM site is your one-stop-source for all things STEM in the West TN region. You can access information about STEM conferences, connect with STEM professionals, read our STEM newsletter, search our STEM resource library and utilize free STEM classroom resources. You can share your own STEM Successes too!
Download our West TN STEM Hub fact sheet for teachers or browse our website to learn more!
After competing in regional Science Olympiad tournaments in Shelby County, eight West Tennessee teams qualified for the state competition in Knoxville this spring!
Bellevue Middle School
Schilling Farms Middle School
White Station Middle School - placed 5th in their division!
Memphis School of Excellence
Collierville High School
Germantown High School
Houston High School
White Station High School - placed 2nd in their division!
From big-air pirouettes to swifter, safer luge runs, engineering and science were on display at the 2018 Winter Olympics as much as the athletes. NBC Learn and the National Science Foundation partnered to produce Science of the Olympic Winter Games, a 16-part video series that explores the science behind individual Olympic events. The segments feature a variety of sports stories, as told by some of the world's top athletes and record holders, along with perspectives and innovative research from leading NSF-supported engineers and scientists.
The above content was found in The Connectory Newsletter.
One of the key initiatives of the West TN STEM Hub is to develop a set of online STEM and STEM-integrated high school course modules. Multidisciplinary teams composed of 10 expert teachers from the NW Rural Collaborative, the SW Rural Cooperative, and SCS have developed and delivered several innovative content modules. The team planned and delivered a total of 34 online modules in August 2017. A series of computer science modules for middle school will be available soon.
Check out Dr. Lee Allen speaking about this work at the 2019 SAI Conference here:
A sample of modules included (click title for course description):
Shelby County Schools partnered with the West TN STEM Hub to provide training for 37 teachers in June 2014. These teachers rececived STEM certification from the state for completing this program. STEM teachers began the training with a site visit to Medtronic to tour the Process Development Center and Innovation Center. Teachers saw STEM in action as Medtronic collaborates with world-renowned surgeons, researchers, and innovative partners to offer a broad range of state-of-the-art products and technologies that return patients to normal active lives more quickly, and treat a variety of musculoskeletal, neurological, orthopedic, and spinal conditions.
The STEM Challenge Summits serve as a vehicle for developing innovative, real-world, project-based challenge lessons around a central challenge theme. The Summits bring together K-12, higher education, and industry experts to develop standards-based STEM challenge lessons that can be used as stand-alone modules in K-12 classrooms or STEM student clubs, or as a whole for student teams to compete in a year-long competition.
Some of our partners include:
Each Summit partnership will result in a set of engaging STEM lesson plans tied to TN state standards. To access currently available lessons, please click here! (new users must register)