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UM Awarded $850,000 to establish "West Tennessee STEM Collaboratory: Partnering for STEM Success"

Dr. IveyThe Tennessee Department of Education in partnership with Battelle has awarded an $850,000 grant to establish a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Hub for West Tennessee to the University of Memphis. This award is in conjunction with a $1,000,000 grant awarded to Shelby County Schools to establish a STEM platform school. The West TN STEM Collaboratory Hub will serve as a resource for West Tennessee to increase students’ interest in and preparedness for the STEM workforce through a variety of activities. Collaborative partnerships between STEM Hub, Platform School, and STEM community (K-16 faculty, industry, government) professionals will be the cornerstone of this effort. The Hub leadership team includes Principal Investigator Dr. Stephanie Ivey (Department of Civil Engineering), Hub Director Dr. Alfred Hall (Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership), and Partnership Coordinator Dr. Peter Bridson (Department of chemistry).

The goals of the West TN STEM Collaboratory Hub include:

  • Supporting the successful operation of the STEM Platform School (Southwind High School), and facilitating dissemination of best practices across West Tennessee
  • Assembling and facilitating utilization of curricula aligned with state and common core standards that effectively engage West Tennessee K-12 students in STEM learning
  • Creating a sustainable culture of sharing and collaboration in the local, regional and state STEM community through the establishment of productive partnerships among K-12 and IHE STEM faculty, business/industry representatives, and community organizations

 Key Hub activities will include:

  • Providing professional development for West Tennessee STEM teachers
  • Creating a West Tennessee STEM Master Teacher Corps
  • Developing integrated online STEM curriculum for core courses in grades 9-12 to support rural partners
  • Establishing an annual STEM Challenge Summit, engaging K-12 and IHE faculty with STEM professionals to collaboratively identify real-world problems for classroom investigation
  • Connecting community/industry partners to K-12 for 21st century workforce development
  • Identifing and disseminating STEM resources and best practices
  • Establishing an annual Innovations in K-20 STEM Education conference


The project is funded through June 2014.
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