West Tennessee STEM Hub

2017-2018 Opportunities for Teachers

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.

Registration is now open for the second Science Share-A-Thon, on March 3.  We will be doing a deeper dive into the Science and Engineering Practices and Crosscutting Concepts, as well as sharing more lesson plans and resources.  There will also be plenty of time to collaborate with other teachers and door prizes!  Just like last time, we will meet at the FedEx Institute for Technology here at the University of Memphis, with a light breakfast (bagels and coffee) at 9:00 am and the program starting at 9:30 am.  Please use the link below to reserve your spot and feel free to send it around to other teachers you know who might be interested. 




Please email kswade@memphis.edu if you have any questions!

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!


Attention All Memphis-Area Science Teachers!

The University of Memphis, in partnership with Shelby County Schools, invites you to our first Science Share-a-Thon!  In this free, informal professional development session, you will learn about the NEW Tennessee Science Standards, get some practical lesson plans to use in your classroom immediately, and network with new and experienced science teachers.  There will also be a continental breakfast (starting at 9:00am) and door prizes! 

Please reserve your spot here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GQZBTMV

Shelby County teachers, you can reserve your spot and get PD credit through PLZ.  Just register for “Science Share-a-thon,” #15161, section 20110. 

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Wade-Jaimes at kswade@memphis.edu.

Order a 2017 Earth Science Week Toolkit Today!

Your package will include: 
  • 12-month school-year activity calendar, suitable for hanging
  • New Earth Science Week poster, including a learning activity
  • NASA materials on Earth science and LandSat images
  • National Park Service posters on glaciers, fossils, and clean air
  • Geologic Map Day poster dealing with karst and sinkholes
  • Mineral Education Coalition “What’s In My Toothpaste” game
  • Association of American Geographers GeoMentors flyer
  • Bureau of Land Management dinosaur coloring page
  • CZO-sponsored The Earth Scientist newsletter
  • AmericaView board game using satellite imagery
  • Soil Science Society of America magnetic bookmark
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute posters on the biosphere
  • UNAVCO Tectonic Motions of Alaska poster
  • Switch Energy Project information on video resources
  • National Wildlife Federation Eco-Schools USA postcard
  • Material on GSA’s EarthCache in Education program
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service information on soils
  • CLEAN, AIPG, IRIS, NCKRI, Flyover Country information

Copies of the "Earth and Human Activity" Earth Science Week Toolkit are free and available for the cost of shipping and handling ($8.50 for the first kit, $2.25 for each additional kit in the United States). This price includes Library Rate shipping to U.S. addresses via the U.S. Postal Service, allowing 2-3 weeks for delivery. 

Place your order for the 2017 kit on Earth and Human Activity here.

American Geosciences Institute

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.