Collierville Schools STEM Night

On January 26, 2017, Collierville Middle School completed Host or Attend a School STEM Night, a MakerMinded activity.

Step 1: Find support and volunteers

  • Work with PTO/PTA to develop a list of volunteers willing to assist with planning through execution
  • Reach out to local industry partners and college students to support the planning and execution of the activities


Step 2: Choose Activities Choosing appropriate activities is an important step in ensuring the success of your STEM Night. See below for suggestions:

From The Submitter:

This was the second STEM night that our school district has hosted. Our district began a STEM initiative several years ago. All students and parents in the district were invited to the Collierville Schools STEM Night. Our goal is to introduce STEM to all students. My students offered two experiences for people to participate in. First, we had just finished a coding unit and my students set up in the computer lab to show participants about an Hour of Code. Second, we worked with the participants on building and testing a K'Nex casr. I feel that my students enjoyed sharing their passion for STEM with others that evening. My students worked together in teams to prepare for the event. This is a valuable skill that we are trying to teach in STEM class.

Sidney said " I really enjoyed showing people about the Hour of Code website". Sophie stated " I really liked working with the younger students, and showing them how to build a K'Nex car".

About Our Program:

The Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) national manufacturing institute, Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN), and Tennessee Tech University's iCube are working to spread the MakerMinded program to schools throughout Tennessee. MakerMinded is a workforce initiative created with the purpose of generating manufacturing mindsets in middle and high school students. Using the digital platform provided by, schools can find and complete activities related to manufacturing and STEM, earn points, and move their way up the online leaderboard as they gauge their progress against other schools in the state.

The goal of the program is to immerse more students in STEM and manufacturing learning experiences, increase the number of students pursuing further STEM education and training, encourage students to develop foundational technical skills, and expose under-represented populations to manufacturing and STEM fields.

"If we continue to allow students to turn away from STEM education without providing them the opportunity and encouragement to continue it, then we are doing them and our country a disservice," said Larry Brown, Executive Director of LIFT.

To learn more about MakerMinded and get your school involved, visit or contact Tennessee Tech University's iCube Executive Director Kevin Liska at

This submission was published on Friday, April 28, 2017 - 14:49 by spitts.
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