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The Tennessee Department of Education and Tennesee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) have released a free summer STE(A)M Resource Hub with weekly challenges to guide students and families in exploring different careers and pathways, according to a news release.

In June and July, participants will be provided three weekly challenges that are designed for students grades 3-12, although younger students can also join in with the help of an adult.

This program is an extension of the COVID-19 STE(A)M Resource hub that focused on design, critical thinking and career exploration challenges in April and May.

"After hearing such positive feedback from the spring STEAM Resource Hub, we are so excited to continue offering weekly challenges for our students and families to keep building STEM skills all summer," said Commissioner Penny Schwinn, in a statement. "These new challenges will provide students the chance to explore new careers and future opportunities they may not otherwise know are available to them."

According to the release, each activity comes with step-by-step directions, extra resources to continue exploring the topic and an online portal for parents to ask questions and receive additional support. 

Each week will explore a new career path and families are invited to share their progress on social media using hashtags like #MakerMondayTN, #WonderWednesdayTN and #FutureFridayTN.

June 8- June12: Healthcare- Exploring Prosthetics and Assistive Technology 

June 15- June 19: Transportation- Exploring the Future of Mobility 

June 22- June 26: Agriculture- Exploring Sustainable Farming and Food Production 

June 29-July 3: Business- Exploring Entrepreneurship and Product Design 

July 6- July 10: Digital Arts- Exploring Creative Expression through Digital Artistry 

July 13- July 17: Information Technology- Exploring Technical and Creative Skills through Coding 

For more information, access the Summer STE(A)M Resource Hub at tsin.org/summer-2020-steam-resource-hub.

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