Welcome to the Jack Hunt Stem Center
"The United States has developed as a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers, and innovators. In a world that’s becoming increasingly complex, where success is driven not only by what you know, but by what you can do with what you know, it’s more important than ever for our youth to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information. These are the types of skills that students learn by studying science, technology, engineering, and math—subjects collectively known as STEM. Yet today, few American students pursue expertise in STEM fields—and we have an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects."
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.