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L&N STEM Academy announces regional expansion

 TVA to announce statewide investment during event

The L&N STEM Academy, Platform School of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network and supported by the STEMspark East Tennessee STEM Hub, will formally announce its ability to enroll students across the region at a luncheon for the Tennessee General Assembly on Monday, November 26 at 11:15 a.m. at The Foundry.  Regional delegates and local officials from across the region will also attend in support of STEM education.

Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, will formally announce the regional expansion of the L&N STEM Academy. When fully enrolled, there will be 120 slots for students across the STEMspark East Tennessee region to transfer to L&N STEM Academy.  Thirty new freshmen transfer slots will be open for the 2013-2014 school year

The Honorable Eric Fingerhut will deliver the luncheon’s keynote address. Fingerhut is the Vice President for Education & STEM Learning at Battelle Memorial Institute, the largest non-profit research and development organization in the world. He has served as a member of the Ohio Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, and held the post of director of economic development education and entrepreneurship at Baldwin-Wallace College, and was appointed Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents in 2007.  He has been in his current position at Battelle Memorial Institute since 2002.

The regional counties to which STEMspark spaces will be offered include the eight counties that are adjacent to Knox County:  Anderson, Blount, Grainger, Jefferson, Loudon, Roane, Sevier and Union.   Enrollment is also open to students at Local Education Agencies (LEAs) within the eight counties which are: Alcoa City, Lenoir City, Maryville City Schools and Oak Ridge Schools.

The goals for STEMspark are to:

·      Increase student achievement in core areas, specifically math and science

·      Increase numbers of highly effective teachers in math and science classrooms

·      Impact student preparedness for college or the workplace by increasing the academic rigor of K-12 experience 

·      Increase the number of students in the STEM workforce pipeline

Students interested in being considered for enrollment at the L&N STEM Academy must submit their magnet transfer request to the Knox County Schools. The magnet transfer window is open now through February 18, 2013. Details are available at www.knoxschools.org or by calling (865) 594-1731.

In addition to this program, representatives from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will announce an investment in the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network to support STEM education across Tennessee.  TVA has stepped up as a leader in promoting the alignment of workforce development with innovation in education and employee engagement in public education.  

About STEMspark

STEMspark East Tennessee STEM Hub is a part of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN), established by former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen as a unique public-private collaboration between the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) and Battelle Memorial Institute to promote and expand STEM education in K-12 public schools across Tennessee. It is a consortium of 13 counties, 20 local education associations, five higher education partners, and numerous business and community partners across the East Tennessee region.  

About the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network

The Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) is a unique public-private partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and Battelle Memorial Institute designed to promote and expand the teaching and learning of STEM education in Tennessee's K-12 public schools.  Managed by Battelle Memorial Institute, the mission is to position Tennessee as a national leader in the development of a skilled workforce. TSIN brings together existing, emerging and new STEM education partners and stakeholders in a learning network intentionally designed to share best practices, enhance critical start-up efforts and boost student achievement.

 

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