West Tennessee STEM Hub

2017-2018 Opportunities for Teachers

Click on the image above for information and registration details regarding this complimentary webcast.

Coding in the Real World—and How We Need to Teach It

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
3-4 PM ET, 12-1 PM PT

Our popular series continues with all-new presentations, from the latest trends in maker spaces and virtual reality to a fresh look at how coding should be taught. Led by top practitioners in the field, these one-hour free programs will offer practical insight into these hot topics in tech, with implications for schools and libraries.

Session #2: Coding in the Real World—and How We Need to Teach It
Tech skills are key to workforce readiness. But the question remains: Are we teaching computer science the right way? A diverse panel of educators and working programmers will offer their insight and advice on what computer science learning should look like.

Jordan Budisantoso, Founding Computer Science Teacher, Washington Leadership Academy, Washington, DC.
Azadeh Jamalian, PhD, Head of Education Strategy, littleBits
Rohit and Sidharth Srinivasan, Trashbots 
Chris Stephenson, Head of Computer Science Education Strategy, Google

Kathy Ishizuka, Executive Editor, School Library Journal

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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.

Participate in a Study of Three-Dimensional Assessments that Measure Student’s Understanding of Energy

AAAS Project 2061 is developing assessment tasks that measure students’ ability to use the three dimensions outlined by the Next Generation Science Standards – science and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas – to make sense of energy-related phenomena. We are recruiting elementary, middle, and high school science teachers and college/university professors willing to test our assessment tasks with their students. The test will be administered online and should take one class period to complete. 

The guidelines for participation are as follows:
  • You must be a science teacher or professor in the U.S.
  • Your students must be in 4th - 12th grade or be undergraduates.
  • You must reserve enough computers with a reliable internet connection for all students in your classes on the day of testing (1 per student).
Registration deadline is April 18, 2018. Please go to www.research.net/r/aspect3d for information and to register.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact us at jhardcastle@aaas.org or at 202-326-7043.

A Field Trip Opportunity for STEM Educators in Tennessee

Lessons from Limestone

How to Teach All Sciences with Limestone

NAGT-Sponsored Teacher Field Trip Saturday, April 14, 2018

Field Trip Sponsored by the Southeast Section of the
National Association of Geoscience Teachers

Early Registration Deadline: March 5, 2018
Cost: $35
For more information and registration:
Principal organizer: Michael A. Gibson, University of Tennessee at Martin, mgibson@utm.edu
Co-organizer: Don Byerly, University of Tennessee Knoxville.

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.


Visit the film's education page to find a corresponding Educator Guide & Lesson Plans!

REC Foundation and TVA Robotics Partnership

TVA is funding a project to support VEX robotics teams in every school in TN!

By applying, each school will receive a VEX Super Competition Robot Kit, Programming software, free curriculum, and teacher training to insure that your students can compete successfully during this 2017-18 season and beyond.  

Your financial responsibility will be to register your team for competitions each year ($150) and compete in at least one qualifying event during the season. Those tournament fees typically range from $25-$50 per team and will occur at locations throughout the state from Oct-Feb, with the State Championship held in March and the World Championship in April.

  • VEX IQ is recommended for Elementary School
  • VRC is recommended for High School. 
  • Middle Schools may choose either.

Click here for the application instructions. It will take about 15 minutes to complete and awards will be issued starting in September. New teacher training workshops will be offered in locations throughout the state during October, November, and December.

The Regional Support Manager for TN VEX robotics is Shelli Brasher (Shelli_Brasher@roboticseducation.org or 901-486-9618). She is available to work with teachers, administrators, parents, and students to insure successful programs.  Feel free to contact her for additional information!

The contest ended September 25, 2017, but enjoy browsing the entries below.

Click here to view the #GenSTEMContest Submissions

#GenSTEM fun for everyone

Discover the STEM in you - take a quiz to find your STEM personality or try out the photo lab to bring STEM to life in your photos.