Middle Tennessee STEM Hub will foster real-world learning

The Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub is mandated to enhance real-world learning for students at all grade levels by building and engaging a network of community partners in the business world and higher education. The Hub will encourage collaboration and conversation between public schools, businesses, colleges, and universities in order to better understand the needs of students, businesses, and the community.

Dr. Vicki Metzgar has been appointed to lead the implementation of the Hub over the next two years. She has played an important role in MNPS‘s STEM initiatives, including the design and implementation of the STEM program at Stratford STEM Magnet High School. She says, “The aim of the STEM Innovation Hub is to create a forum for public schools, higher education, and the business community to share needs, ideas, and best practices. STEM-related jobs are among the fastest growing in the country . . . . We need to take advantage of the wonderful STEM resources throughout our region and help our young people graduate with the skills and certifications that the ever-expanding STEM industry needs.”

The Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub will rely on partnerships with important organizations throughout the region. Many of these organizations have developed strong working relationships with MNPS schools through the Academies of Nashville program. They include:

Vanderbilt University Center for Science Outreach
Lipscomb University
Fisk University
Nashville State Community College
Volunteer State Community College
Tennessee Tech University
Austin Peay State University
Middle Tennessee State University
Robertson County Schools
Cheatham County Schools
Alignment Nashville
PENCIL Foundation
HCA Healthcare
Deloitte Services LP
Ford Motor Company Fund
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publisher
Adventure Science Center
ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc.
Vanderbilt Dyer Observatory
Tennessee Engineering Foundation
Nashville Branch, American Society of Civil Engineers (NB-ASCE)
Tennessee Business Roundtable
Geospatial Learning Model

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