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Adventure Science Center to hold Conference for High School Girls on February 17th

 

Adventure Science CenterNashville, TN – As technology continues to progress, the disparity of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers grows ever more apparent. According to a recent poll conducted by Pew Research Center, the percentage of female representation in this field has actually decreased – dropping from 32% in 1990 to 25% today. More than ever, young women need encouragement and support to begin their journey into these competitive fields.

That’s where the Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Research (T.W.I.S.T.E.R.) Conference comes into play.

16th Annual T.W.I.S.T.E.R. Conference provides a full day of mentorship, networking, and empowerment led by female STEM professionals.

16th Annual T.W.I.S.T.E.R. Conference provides a full day of mentorship, networking, and empowerment led by female STEM professionals.

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NASA uses CubeSat Class to encourage STEM Education in Tennessee

 

Written by Shannon Ridinger
NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationHuntsville, AL – NASA is on a mission to inspire young minds to become the next generation of critical thinkers. By engaging students in space exploration at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, NASA encourages learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a way that fosters hands-on learning and discovery.

“As more states incorporate STEM-focused education into their standards, we assist teachers by developing curriculum support materials that help them meet the standards while making learning fun for their students,” said Susan Currie, education specialist at Marshall.

Students at Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, design a 1U CubeSat as part of an elective course developed by Robertsville Middle School teachers and NASA's Educator Professional Development Collaborative. (NASA/Oak Ridge City Schools)

Students at Robertsville Middle School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, design a 1U CubeSat as part of an elective course developed by Robertsville Middle School teachers and NASA’s Educator Professional Development Collaborative. (NASA/Oak Ridge City Schools)

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NASA partners with American Girl to inspire children about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

 

NASA Headquarters

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationWashington, D.C. – NASA is collaborating with a well-known doll and book company to inspire children to dream big and reach for the stars.

Through a Space Act Agreement, NASA partnered with American Girl to share the excitement of space with the public, and in particular, inspire young girls to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

NASA provided the company subject matter experts for their advisory board, provided input for an upcoming book series, and also reviewed merchandise as it was developed for a new STEM-inspired character to ensure authenticity and adherence to agency graphic and media usage standards.

Megan McArthur, NASA astronaut who serves on the advisory board for American Girl’s new STEM-inspired character, says she always wants to encourage girls and boys to pursue their dreams, no matter how big. McArthur, seen here during a space shuttle mission, dreamed of being an astronaut since she was a teenager. (NASA)

Megan McArthur, NASA astronaut who serves on the advisory board for American Girl’s new STEM-inspired character, says she always wants to encourage girls and boys to pursue their dreams, no matter how big. McArthur, seen here during a space shuttle mission, dreamed of being an astronaut since she was a teenager. (NASA)

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A Look Back at Austin Peay State University in 2017

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University, which turned 90 in April, experienced another big year, with new buildings and programs transforming the campus over the last 12 months.

Women’s volleyball and men’s football electrified the community this fall, and in August, thousands of people cheered as the afternoon sky went dark for nearly two minutes. As this 90th year comes to an end, here are some of the major stories that came out of Austin Peay in 2017.

The Austin Peay Volleyball team is the 2017 OVC Champions.

The Austin Peay Volleyball team is the 2017 OVC Champions.

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U.S. Army launches JROTC Robotics Program at Kenwood High School

 

Clarksville Montgomery County School System (CMCSS)Clarksville, TN – On Wednesday, October 26th, 2017 the U.S. Army launched its JROTC Robotics Program at Kenwood High School. Four CMCSS high school robotics programs will be in place: Kenwood High School, Northeast High School, West Creek High School, with Rossview High School and Northwest High School combined.

Four Clarksville Montgomery County School System high school robotics programs to receive VEX EDR Robotics kits from the U.S. Army.

Four Clarksville Montgomery County School System high school robotics programs to receive VEX EDR Robotics kits from the U.S. Army.

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APSU PeayClipse to present “Total Solar Eclipse: Nature’s Stellar Coincidence” at Clarksville’s Movies in the Park

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – As part of the ongoing PeayClipse lecture series, Austin Peay State University senior physics student Jacob Robertson will present a talk titled, “Total Solar Eclipse: Nature’s Stellar Coincidence.”

The talk will take place at 7:00pm, Saturday, August 19th, 2017 in Liberty Park, prior to the evening’s featured film, “Space Jam.”

APSU senior physics student Jacob Robertson to give “Total Solar Eclipse: Nature’s Stellar Coincidence” talk at Clarksville Parks and Recreations Movie in the Park on August 19th.

APSU senior physics student Jacob Robertson to give “Total Solar Eclipse: Nature’s Stellar Coincidence” talk at Clarksville Parks and Recreations Movie in the Park on August 19th.

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APSU College of Science and Mathematics renamed College of STEM

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In the next decade, analysts predict that Amazon, Apple, Google or Tesla will become the world’s first trillion-dollar, publicly traded company.

The astounding growth of these companies—Barclays predicts Amazon will triple its revenue by 2027—is leading many to argue that America’s economic future has become dependent on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.

Austin Peay State University Chemistry Class. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University Chemistry Class. (APSU)

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STEM Students fascinated with Cheatham Lock and Dam

 

Written by Mark Rankin
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District

U.S. Army Corps of EngineersAshland City, TN – A team of engineering professionals from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District welcomed a group of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math summer camp students today for an overview of Corps careers and tour of the Cheatham Lock and Dam.

Corps subject matter experts who work at the Cheatham Lake, and the Lock and Dam within the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, and natural resources, shared their job experience with 14 students and three teachers attending a STEM summer camp sponsored by the Clement Railroad Hotel Museum in Dickson, Tennessee, during their visit.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineer, Nashville District employees Jamie Holt, a power project specialist at the Lake Barkley power plant shows students and faculty from University of Tennessee at Martin Hydrology and Hydraulics class maintenance being performed on a generator at the Lake Barkley power plant. (Mark Rankin, USACE)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineer, Nashville District employees Jamie Holt, a power project specialist at the Lake Barkley power plant shows students and faculty from University of Tennessee at Martin Hydrology and Hydraulics class maintenance being performed on a generator at the Lake Barkley power plant. (Mark Rankin, USACE)

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Burt Elementary School receives $5,000 Grant from Lowe’s for Outdoor Learning Space

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County School System - CMCSSMontgomery County, TN – Clarksville Montgomery County School Systems has announced that Burt Elementary School has received a $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant for their outdoor classroom project. This grant and support from Lowe’s on Madison Street is providing students with life lessons that connect with their curriculum.  

“The inspiration for implementing these gardens at Burt developed from our desire to create an outdoor space that would allow hands-on learning opportunities for our students who might otherwise never have a chance to dig in the dirt, plant a seed, and watch it grow,” stated Haven Bowles, school counselor and co-coordinator of the outdoor learning space.

Haven Bowles teaching students to plant

Haven Bowles teaching students to plant

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New Data Puts Spotlight on Popular Tennessee Occupations

 

Tennessee Employment and Average Wages Increase 2015 to 2016

Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce DevelopmentNashville, TN – Today, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD), in cooperation with the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, released occupational employment and wage information for 2016. 

Using statistical data reported by employers across Tennessee, TDLWD analyzed information for 754 occupations in Tennessee, along with 14 metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas across the state.

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