Skip to main content


The Academy curriculum is developed by area Master Teachers utilizing national and state science standards, area scientific expertise, and best practices in education. The Master Teachers also arrange tours, speakers, and assume primary teaching responsibilities for content delivery, hands-on experimentation, data collection, data analysis and final presentations. Three assistant teachers typically assist with the curriculum presentation and daily student explorations and research.

Students are divided into small STEM Groups to develop skills on artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and city planning. In their groups, students conduct hands-on experiments, analyze data, and collaborate with peers to discuss findings to build their knowledge in each STEM Group topic. Student will then apply their knowledge to complete their final project.

For their final project, students are place in an Entrepreneur Group to identify problems that affected their communities throughout Appalachia. Using their skills in 3D printing, city planning, groups then develop a solution and design a prototype to present for their final presentation.

STEM Groups

  • appalachian-stem-academy-middle-school-activities-2023-3d.webp

    3D Printing

    Students became familiar with the 3D printing process by learning how to use CAD software to design and create objects to print. The students were able to print their designs and use their new knowledge of 3D printing to help solve problems in their communities.

  • appalachian-stem-academy-middle-school-activities-2023-city.webp

    City Planning

    Students learned about food desserts, heat islands, and sustainability to understand issues city planners face in the communities of Appalachia. Students used a variety of technology and worked with City of Knoxville planners to explore and better understand the concepts they learned.

  • ai.webp

    Artificial Intelligence

    Students discussed and explored the concept of Artificial Intelligence, and used digital platforms to better understand and create AI tools. Students looked at how AI can be used as a tool to solve real world problems, how to avoid bias, and techniques to make sure AI is an inclusive tool for the future.