Tennessee is Driving Innovation, and we are bringing it to you.

 
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Driving Innovation is ready to inform, equip, and prepare our rural communities for emerging jobs.

Business innovation is growing rapidly across our state. We're seeing new jobs emerge in the fields of computer programming, robotics, and virtual reality. We're also seeing jobs emerge that are rooted in STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

While we're seeing these fields and opportunities emerge across our state, we are not seeing the same amount of opportunities in our more rural communities. Many of our rural and underserved communities have potential that has not yet been tapped. We're starting to roll with our first mobile platform with two more coming soon.

 
 

Mobile STEAM Education

theLab’s mission is to spark curiosity and inspire students to realize the specific roles that they can play in Tennessee’s future. 

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Mobile Business Innovation

theVenture’s mission is to inspire and equip entrepreneurs and business owners across rural Tennessee. 

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Mobile Community Support

theConnection’s mission is still being determined. We are currently talking with rural communities across Tennessee to see how we can best support them.  

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to educate and equip our rural and underserved communities with the tools that will prepare them for the jobs emerging in STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. We know in a few years there will be a larger need to fill the tech and science focused jobs of the future. We want our workforce in Tennessee to be prepared for that demand.

Driving Innovation is our program that will spark curiosity and inspire Tennessians to realize the specific roles that they can play in the future economy. Opportunity is growing in our state, and it's coming to you. 

Be the one who brings the excitement of innovation and resources to your community.

 

Counties we serve

Driving Innovation carries out its mission by concentrating our efforts in Tennessee's distressed and at risk counties. Those counties are listed below. Here are the counties we are serving.

 

South West

Lauderdale
Haywood
Hardeman
McNairy
Henderson
Decatur
Hardin
Wayne
Perry
Hickman
Lewis
Lawrence


North West

Carol
Benton
Houston
Stewart
Weakley
Obion
Lake


Middle

Grundy
Warren
Van Buren
Bledsoe
De Kalb
White
Jackson
Clay
Overton

 


North East

Fentress
Morgan
Scott
Campbell
Union
Claiborne
Hancock
Hawkins
Cocke
Unicol
Carter
Johnson


South East

Rhea
Meigs
Polk
Monroe

 
 

“Tennessee is ready to inform, challenge and equip our communities, starting with the most rural and underserved areas.”
- Gov. Haslam 

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Experience theLab

 

Wondering what the inside of theLab looks like? Curious about what the inside of theLab looks like? We thought so. We made some photos to show it off. You can also use these photos in any event promotions.

 
 

Selfies from the road

In October, Driving Innovation attended the Governor's conference in Gatlinburg, TN and unveiled our mobile STEAM bus - theLab. We invited the attendees to take a selfie in our selfie booth on theLab. As you can tell they had a great time!

 

News

 

Upcoming events

 
 
 
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