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