November 15, 2017: 4-5 p.m. (EST) Register

A recent survey by the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network reported more than half (53%) of rural educators didn’t know of resources to help them teach STEM. To close that knowledge gap and build new solutions, the network launched the Tennessee Rural STEM Collaborative this fall.

Sixteen hundred miles away in Idaho, the STEM education team at Idaho National Labs has tackled the rural STEM engagement issue with a new strategy focused deeply on teachers and families. Growing STEM talent is a critical need at the lab, where up to 30% of the workforce will retire in the next five years. Join us on November 15 to hear from Anne Seifert, Idaho National Lab’s K-12 Education manager and Brandi Stroecker and Evan Curran at the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, managed by Battelle.


Evan Curran is the MakerMinded Program Manager for the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, managed by Battelle. He facilitates opportunities for hands-on learning across the state. Prior to joining the team at Battelle, Evan taught through Teach For America. One of his struggling students got so personally invested that she won second place, and awarding her a medal was the highlight of Evan’s teaching career. Evan has a Masters of Education from Lipscomb University and a BS in Public Policy and Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University.
As past Executive Director of i-STEM, Anne Seifert led a collaborative effort with government, higher education institutions, educators, and industry. The work of i-STEM was research-driven with success factors built in – making the trainings and resources provided useful for teachers. Anne is the K-12 STEM Program Manager at Idaho National Laboratory and works closely with the Idaho STEM Action Center as they currently lead the i-STEM program in Idaho. Anne served in schools for 27 years as a teacher and principal before joining Idaho National Labs. She holds a BS from the University of Idaho and Masters, EDS and ABD PhD from Idaho State University.
Brandi Stroecker is a STEM Relationship Manager with Battelle at the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network. A veteran educator, she has spent over a decade teaching 6-12th grade Science and STEM in high poverty, urban schools. In 2012, the Tennessee Science Teachers Association honored her work with an Excellence in High School Science Teaching Award. Brandi holds a BS from the University of Memphis, a Masters in K-12 Education from the University of Tennessee, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Christian Brothers University.

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