Oct 8, 2013 The University of Memphis, in collaboration with the Shelby County Schools district, has received a $1.34 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the Memphis Virtual STEM Academy at East High School. The grant award is part of NSF’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program and recognizes the Virtual STEM Academy as an innovative, pre-engineering strategies project for high school students in grades 9-12.
The Virtual STEM Academy investigates the implementation of an online STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum that provides students with self-paced modules, as well as face-to-face STEM laboratory projects and field experiences designed to help them understand pre-engineering concepts and develop an interest in STEM careers.
The West TN STEM Hub will serve as a resource
for West Tennessee to increase students’ interest
in and preparedness for the STEM workforce
through a variety of activities. Collaborative
partnerships between STEM Hub, Platform School,
and STEM community (K-16 faculty,
industry, government) professionals
will be the cornerstone of this effort.