Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn announced today Oliver Springs High School is among 11 schools receiving the Tennessee STEM School Designation, bringing the total number of STEM-designated schools to 26. The designation, developed in collaboration with the STEM Leadership Council and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, recognizes schools that promote and implement rigorous STEM-related learning opportunities for all students that lead to post-secondary achievement and high-quality careers.
“Governor Lee set a bold vision to triple the amount of STEM designated schools in the state of Tennessee during his first term, and with this announcement we are well on our way to meeting that goal,” Schwinn said, adding “Careers in STEM fields, particularly information technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing and healthcare are among the fastest growing in Tennessee and we owe it to our students to prepare them for the jobs of the future.”
STEM Designation Schools provide students with knowledge and skills to be successful in high-demand careers. Schools were asked to complete an evaluation, participate in interviews and host site visits with the Tennessee STEM Designation review team.
The designation rubric includes five focus areas: infrastructure, curriculum and instruction, professional development, achievement, and community and post-secondary partnerships.
Schools were required to submit a plan of action for implementing and sustaining STEM education for the next five years. All K-12 schools serving students in Tennessee, both public and private, were eligible.
Other regional schools awarded with the STEM School Designation include:
- Park View Elementary School, Bradley County School District
- Prescott South Middle School, Putnam County School District
- Elk Valley Elementary School, Campbell County School District
STEM education fosters creativity and innovative thinking. It focuses on building critical and creative thinking and analysis skills by addressing how students view and experience the world around them. Strong STEM teaching and learning opportunities rest on inquiry, technology and project-based activities and lessons tied to the real world.