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STEM Education Luncheon Held on Campus

 CSM Dean Dr. Thom Spence leads a tour of a Wedgewood Academic Center lab.


CSM Dean Dr. Thom Spence leads a tour of a Wedgewood Academic Center lab.

On Tuesday, Belmont’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of Sciences and Mathematics and the Middle Tennessee STEM Innovation Hub hosted a luncheon and discussion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in Middle Tennessee. Thirteen school superintendents, principals, headmasters and curriculum coordinators attended the luncheon from Middle Tennessee schools and school districts.

Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns and nearly a dozen Belmont faculty members also attended. Belmont University is moving aggressively forward in the area of STEM education, and this luncheon was an opportunity to network with Tennessee leaders in education. Time was spent brainstorming ways in which Belmont and the STEM Innovation Hub could better serve area districts, schools and students. After small group discussions, Dr. Mark Hogan, Belmont education department chair, facilitated a conversation with the whole group that produced several innovative and exciting ideas about how Belmont and the STEM Innovation Hub can be involved in STEM education in the region.

Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Bryce Sullivan, said “Our luncheon discussions showed the power of cooperation between our regional schools, the STEM Hub and Belmont faculty. There was a sparkle in the conversation because we had people at the table with a vision for the future of STEM education that will lead to better educational and job outcomes for students. Such graduates will also make for a more prosperous Tennessee.”

Following the lunch, CSM Dean Dr. Thom Spence gave the attendees a tour of the new science labs on the fourth floor of the Wedgewood Academic Center.