Gearheads…the new buzzword!  It’s about science, technology, engineering, and math.  Or simply put, STEM.

University of Memphis Gearheads Presentation (PDF)

GEARHEADSWhat is it?

It’s a Workforce Education Partnership Program that offers after school enrichment programs designed to educate Middle School students about STEM related career opportunities.  Through partnerships with city and county schools, industry, institutes of higher education, West Tennessee STEM Hub, and the Chamber of Commerce, students will gain insight into available tools, academic support, and mentoring needed for the advancement of STEM related educational and career related opportunities. Through the common goals of STEM education, students will:

  • Have opportunities for real-life, hands-on, inquiry based educational experience.
  • Engage in enrichment activities.
  • Take responsibility for their continued learning.
  • Receive exposure to career opportunities in STEM fields.
  • Demonstrate stronger math and science proficiency.

Who are the participants?

Gearheads is a total of 36 students from the 8th grade; 12 students from each of the following middle schools:  Dyersburg, Three Oaks, and Northview.

Who are the Mentors?

Mentors shall consist of individuals, community leaders, scientists, engineers and other STEM professionals with a common desire to:

  • Work with a diverse group of middle school students.
  • Flexibility to attend functions relevant to the Gearheads Program.
  • Exercise the skills required to coordinate programs with local industries and educational institutions throughout the area.
  • Foster excitement and engagement in youth for math and science studies.
  • Increase the number of youth seeking STEM related education and careers.

Who are the Partners/Sponsors?

  • Local Industry
  • West Tennessee STEM Hub
  • Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce
  • Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development
  • Dyersburg State Community College
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology
  • Dyersburg City & County Schools
  • City of Dyersburg & County of Dyer

How does the program work?

GEARHEADS will learn by doing…capitalizing on giving themselves a head start by participating in local activities designed by the mentor/community partner network to provide:

  • STEM Challenges – one Saturday per month.
  • Challenge kits, games, and equipment.
  • Site tours of local industry, institutes of higher education, museums and other STEM related sites.
  • Outdoor classrooms.
  • Guest speakers.
  • Scholarship funding for students seeking education in a STEM based career.

If you or your organization is interested in being a STEM Partner for Project Gearheads, please contact Tammy Hall at the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce at 731-285-3433 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..