S.T.E.M Initiative

The mission of the Shannondale S.T.E.M. program is to spark the interest of students in S.T.E.M. careers and provide them with foundational skills necessary to excel in science, technology, engineering and math.

What is STEM?

S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The Shannondale S.T.E.M. program uses project based learning to teach science, technology, engineering and math in an integrated way. The projects are connected to real-world problems and reflect the skills used by professionals in S.T.E.M. careers.


  • According to the United States Depart of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, by 2022 1 million additional STEM professionals will be needed to meet the demand in those fields.
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce says STEM careers outpace other career fields 2:1 and those in STEM careers earn more than those with an equal level of education.
  • Data from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that current college graduation trends show that only 18% of graduates in 2012 were conferred degrees in STEM fields.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau reports that there is a lack of diversity in the STEM workforce, the STEM workforce remains 74% male and 85% White/Asian.

How will our program impact our students and the community?

Knox County is poised to provide the work force of the future. The L&N S.T.E.M. Academy provides students with a strong basis for a future in S.T.E.M., but the desire to pursue a S.T.E.M. education must already exist for students to enroll. The Shannondale S.T.E.M. program works to get students excited and comfortable with S.T.E.M. concepts.

What we do:

  • Use the design process as a problem-solving model
  • Teach science, technology, engineering and math in a project-based environment
  • Students learn to function as a team
  • Introduce computer programming through coding
  • Introduce robotics
  • Introduce students to a variety of S.T.E.M. career options

How our program is unique:

  • Reaches students in K-5 and all students in the school participate
  • Activities align with the Next Gen Science Standards, and Tennessee State Curriculum
  • Taught by a K-6 certified teacher
  • Fully funded through the Shannondale Foundation



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