Tennessee STEM Education Center
The Tennessee Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Center (TSEC) is a research and outreach arm of MTSU, aimed at improving K-20 STEM education both locally and nationally. TSEC partners with internal and external stakeholders to identify and address critical issues that impact access, equity, innovation, and leadership through collaborative activities, sponsored projects, and dissemination products at professional meetings and in practitioner and research journals. TSEC currently sponsors several high-profile annual events including the STEM Education Research Conference, the STEM Expo, and Posters at the Capitol, and invites the MTSU community to fulfill and refine the TSEC mission and vision through its involvement in existing programming or by initiating a conversation with us about how to better serve our constituencies.
TSEC'S Dr. Grant Gardner Selected for Esteemed Leadership Training Program
[August 2022] Dr. Grant Gardner (Associate Director TSEC, Associate Professor of Biology) was recently selected for the 2022-2023 cohort of the MTSU Leadership on Deck Institute. This is a year-long administrative leadership training program to assist a select cohort of 10 faculty in reflecting and cultivating leadership skills with the goal of being prepared to accept leadership positions at MTSU. The group meets once per month over the course of a year and engages in focused topical discussions, guest lectures, and other learning opportunities. The program culminates in the development of a leadership statement and a self-led leadership project.
TSEC Continues Yearly Innovative Educator Workshops to Develop Middle TN STEM Educators
STEAM-a-Palooza for STEAM Festival
[October 2021] TSEC participated in STEAM-a-Palooza as part of the 2021 STEAM Festival on October 23rd. At the TSEC booth, children of all ages got to participate in a fun activity that taught them the basics of engineering. Participants got the opportunity to build their own catapult in our "Catapult Engineering" activity. After building their catapult, they got to test their engineering skills by seeing how effective their build was by shooting a projectile for a prize. While doing so, they got to learn first-hand how their building choices used tension, torque, and gravity.
Inside an MTSU faculty research collaborative community
TSEC Faculty Members join team, to partner with State Department of Education on $1M Tennessee pathways research grant
Tennessee Board of Regents Awards Funding for Inclusive Pedagogy Project
[June 2020] Congratulations are in order to the TSEC Associate Directors Dr. Grant Gardner (Biology) and Dr. Sarah K. Bleiler-Baxter (Mathematical Sciences) who are PI's on an award funded by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The project is entitled Inclusive Pedagogy among STEM Faculty: A Professional Development Program for Becoming Aware and Culturally Responsive and has three focal points. The project seeks to help STEM faculty become more aware of, and responsive to, the varied backgrounds, learning styles, and cultures of learners in MTSU’s STEM courses. Additionally, this project will serve to promote reflective practice among faculty with respect to inclusive pedagogy. Finally, this project is seeking to spark cultural change within the STEM departments with respect to a focus on inclusion. The project starts this Fall 2020 and will continue through next summer. For more information please contact Dr. Bleiler-Baxter (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Gardner (email@example.com).