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The Upper Cumberland Rural STEM Initiative (UCRSI) HUB

Based at Tennessee Tech's Millard Oakley STEM Center and serving more than 70,000 students in 20 counties, the mission of UCRSI “is to transform STEM education for rural students” through teacher professional development, STEM modules, and local STEM assets.



VolsTeach encourages and supports STEM teacher development through an emphasis on early and on-going field based teaching experiences while students are working to attain a bachelor degree in math or science.  It is a site replication of the UTeach Program developed at the University of Texas, Austin, which is a nationally recognized secondary math and science teacher-preparation program.  The program provides a new time-efficient and experiential-rich approach for preparing secondary science, math, and computer science teachers to become more effective educators.


Biology in a Box

Biology in a Box is a science education outreach project at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Since its inception in 1993, Biology in a Box has grown from only serving Knox County schools into a statewide project reaching 271,099 students in 31 school systems!


Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science

VSVS is a regional outreach education project at Vanderbilt University.  The goals of the program are to 1) provide hands-on science experiments, 2) offer Vanderbilt students community service opportunities, 3) provide role models and 4) stimulate interest in teaching.  VSVS has reached over 71,000 children in 1,350 school classrooms across middle Tennessee.

LeMoyne-Owen College - Science on Wheels

The LeMoyne-Owen College Science on Wheels program consists of a mobile science unit that travels to underserved, low performing schools and other community outlets in the urban Memphis region. The mobile learning laboratory is outfitted with state-of-the-art laboratory and computer technology, including solar energy and storage demonstration equipment. 

Vanderbilt University Aspirnaut Program

The Aspirnaut™ Program is a partnership between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and rural K-12 schools to help recruit and develop the STEM workforce through student-based outreach and service projects.  TN-SCORE Graduate Students at Vanderbilt University have engaged rural students in Maine, Arkansas, and Tennessee and introduced them to real world science through Skype video-conferencing support of both hands-on science labs and overview discussions of their research at Vanderbilt.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU)

ORAU advances national priorities and serves the public interest by integrating academic, government, and scientific resources globally.  The ORAU Center for Science Education provides a single resource developing and administering high-quality, experience-based programs to fill the pipeline with the next generation of science and technology leaders.  

 MTSU – Girls Raised in Tennessee Science (GRITS)

GRITS is a National Girls Collaborative Project that helps build the capacity of STEM practitioners to develop a diverse workforce. The goal of GRITS is to disseminate information about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and careers to young women in middle and high school.


University of Memphis - Memphis College Research Experience for Students in High School (Memphis CRESH)

Memphis CRESH is a program designed to provide the opportunity for rising high school juniors and seniors to acquire first-hand experience in cutting edge research, and perhaps help them discover their college major in a STEM field.

West Tennessee STEM Collaboratory Hub

The West Tennessee STEM Collaboratory Hub is part of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN). The vision of the hub is to “increase students’ interest in and preparedness for the STEM workforce through a variety of activities.”

 STEMspark – East Tennessee STEM Hub

STEMspark is based in the part of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) and services East Tennessee. Stemspark connects seven institutions of higher education and twenty-three school districts serving twelve counties surrounding Knox County to promote and support high quality STEM education.

Public Education Foundation - STEM Innovation Hub

The Public Education Foundation is a leading supporter of k-12 education in the greater Chattanooga area.  Their STEM Innovation Hub works with teachers, principals, non-profit organizations, and leaders from business and industry to redesign how children learn about science, technology, engineering, and math, and then the Hub provides professional development and learning opportunities for teachers, principals, parents, and staff from community organizations.   


West Tennessee Solar Farm

The West Tennessee Solar Farm is comprised of 22,000 fixed photovoltaic panels with an output capacity of 5 MW, making it one of the largest solar power-generating facilities in the Southeast.  Located off of Interstate 40 midway between Memphis and Jackson, it generates enough power for 400 homes, demonstrates the effectiveness of large-scale solar in Tennessee, and serves to educate the general public about solar energy, including the past, present, and future of solar within the state.