Welcome to the Jack Hunt STEM Center
The Jack Hunt STEM Center is housed in the Martha Dickerson Eriksson College of Education at Austin Peay State University. The focus of the STEM Center is to facilitate effective preparation and support for teaching STEM subjects. For our pre-service teachers, we are able to provide a state-of-the-art science classroom for science methods courses. In this room, prospective teachers gain familiarity with a variety of scientific equipment and technologies appropriate for their future classes. Moreover, pre-service teachers are immersed in the nature of inquiry-based, student-centered science through engaging activities and projects. Given the paucity of sophisticated science equipment found in many schools, pre-service teacher candidates are encouraged to bring their creativity to the classroom and bring fresh perspectives to the development of lessons using economical materials.
As the pre-service teachers enter the profession regionally, we try to support them
with access to STEM materials and equipment they learned to use in APSU methods courses.
For our regional in-service teachers, the Jack Hunt STEM Center offers continuing education seminars and workshops throughout the year. As we continue to grow, we hope to be able to offer some supplies and equipment support to area school districts. Limited access to the STEM Center is available to local teachers wishing to schedule specific lessons in the lab for their students.
Click here to learn more about STEM events, resources, and more.
STEMTERRA Initiative: Learning opportunities in STEM Through Environmental Research and Responsible Actions
The STEMTERRA Intiative is an initiative of the APSU College of Education Jack Hunt STEM Center for Excellence in Educator Development and Research in Integrated Science and Environmental Education. Dr. Philip Short is the director of the Jack Hunt STEM center and its STEMterra initiative. Dr. Short has a background in science and environmental education and has worked at APSU since 2016.
The APSU Jack Hunt STEM center is proud to collaborate with the following organizations:
- APSU Farm and Environmental Education Center
- Adventure Science Center
- APSU - LEA Partnerships
- APSU Center for Rural Education
- Creative Discovery Museum
- Friends of Land Between the Lakes
- Middle TN STEM Hub
- North American Association for Environmental Education
- Tennessee Environmental Education Association
- TN Academy of Science
- The GLOBE Program
- TN Aquarium
- TN Department of Education - Science Division
- TN Science Education Leadership Council
- National Science Teachers Association
- Tennessee Science Teachers Association