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Welcome to the Jack Hunt STEM Center

      "Tennessee is home to many STEM assets, including world-class public and private colleges and universities and internationally known companies operating in fields as diverse as energy, health care, and technology.  Our state is positioned to be a national leader in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math and this Network will help drive the development of the tools and resources that will help us realize those opportunities."

                                                                         Governor Phil Bredesen

The AP-STEM Center has recently been renamed  “The Jack Hunt STEM Center” in honor of local educator, Jack Hunt.  Mr. Hunt began his career in 1965 as a math teacher in the Clarksville Montgomery School System.  He later moved into administration and was responsible for the building of many of the schools in the district.  Until his death in 2001, Mr. Hunt was the Capital Project Manager and Facilities Manager for Clarksville Montgomery County Schools.  Mr. Hunt made a significant change in the lives of countless students and permanently altered the landscape of Clarksville with the building of modern, effective schools. Upon hearing of the renaming of the Jack Hunt Stem Center, B. J. Worthington, Director of Schools for Clarksville Montgomery County Schools said, “The Jack Hunt STEM Center will create another learning environment for our teachers to design and create applicable STEM lessons for their students.”

Mr. Hunt’s sister-in-law was Martha Dickerson Eriksson who was a 1962 education graduate of Austin Peay. She was an educator for 32 years and had a enormous impact on her students and colleagues.   A large donation was gifted to Austin Peay in memory of her legacy by her husband Lars Eriksson. The donation will provide funds for scholarships to future educators. The University's College of Education has been renamed "The Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education" in her honor and recognition of the remarkable gift.  

Born out of the need for a renewed emphasis in science and math education in Tennessee, the Jack Hunt STEM Center exists to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for APSU’s service area school districts. In partnership with area school districts and various departments at APSU, we seek to strengthen STEM teaching both in specific subject areas and integrate STEM concepts across the curriculum.