Events

National Engineers Week 2020 – Chattanooga Area Activities


Upcoming Events

2019-2020 Robotics Competitions Season

From December through March, there are four groups of robotic tournaments in the Chattanooga and surrounding area:

    (1) FIRST – “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”

    (2) The VEX Robotics Events

    (3) MATE Underwater Robotics

    (4) Green Prix

The VEX Robotics Events and the MATE Underwater Robotics Events have already occurred. Information about those events and more information about the 2019-2020 Robotics Competitions Season can be found by clicking here.

    FIRST Lego League (FLL)

    FIRST Lego League is a non-profit, 30-year old international youth organization that operates FIRST Lego League Junior, FIRST Lego League, FIRST Technology Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition. The League introduces young people, ages 9 to 14 (grades 4-8) to the fun and excitement of science and technology. Each fall, FLL releases a new Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Teams of up to ten children, with two adult coaches participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to complete tasks on a themed playing ‘field’ created by FLL and developing a solution to a problem they have identified. This season, two local FLL events were scheduled. The first involved qualifying tournaments around the Chattanooga area in early December of last year and the second is a championship tournament planned for early February at Chattanooga State Community College. These two events are sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Robotics.

    The schedule of these FIRST Robotic Competitions is listed below:

      January 4 (Saturday), 2020 – FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff Events are held in Knoxville, Huntsville and at the Chattanooga STEM School. (See link here: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/kickoff).

      February 8 (Saturday), 2020 – FIRST Tech Challenge, Tennessee State Championship, MTSU, Alumni Gym, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

      March 18 – 21 (Wednesday – Saturday), 2020 – FIRST Robotics Competition, Memphis Regional, Collierville High School, 11605 E Shelby Drive, Collierville, TN 38017

      March 25 – 28 (Wednesday – Saturday), 2020 – FIRST Robotics Competition, Smoky Mountain Regional, Thompson-Boling Arena – University of Tennessee

      April 1 – 4 (Wednesday – Saturday), 2020 – FIRST Robotics Competition, Rocket City Regional, Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe ST SW, Huntsville, AL, 35801

      For information about these FIRST events Contact Richard Manning at rpmanning@outlook.com

    The Green Prix Competition

    The Green Prix is an electric car (e-car) competition . It provides hands-On STEM Learning for Students Ages 9 – 18. After receiving a box of parts and instructions, teams of students over the course of the school year will design, build and race electric power race cars. Students are assigned roles ranging from project manager, parts manager, marketing and public relations and drivers. They learn about how renewable energy can be used to charge their batteries and are encouraged to use recycled materials on the body of the car! The events are divided into three age groups: 9-11 years old, 12-14 years old and 15-18 years old.


      Date: Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14, 2020

      Place: The Bend : 1119 Riverfront Parkway

    The competition is sponsored by green|spaces. Here’s a link to the event website: Chattanooga Green Prix


MATHCOUNTS Competition

This year the 2020 MathCounts Chattanooga Competition was held on Saturday February 8th at the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA). More information about MATHCOUNTS can be found by clicking here.


Engineers Week Kick-off Luncheon

The Engineers Week Kick-off Luncheon starts off the celebration of Engineers Week for the Chattanooga Area. It is an event that highlights the contribution of engineering to the betterment of the world and encourages participants to recognize the importance of their work.

Date: Monday, February 17, 2020 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Location: UTC University Center

Speaker: Mary Beth Hudson, Vice President of Wacker Polysilicon / Site Manager Charleston TN

Topic: Engineering Leaders Pioneering Progress – Economic and environmental challenges can inspire innovation and progress.

See more information in the “Kickoff Luncheon” tab or by clicking here


Engineers Week Awards Banquet

The Engineers Week Awards Banquet provides an opportunity to honor each year a number of persons who have been recognized by their peers as having made outstanding contributions to their profession, to public welfare and to humankind.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Location: Marriott Downtown Ballroom, Two Carter Plaza, Chattanooga, TN 37402

Speaker: LT. Col. Sonny B. Avichal, Commander of the Nashville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Topic: Pioneers of Progress on the Twin Rivers: A look at how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have been “Pioneers of Progress” on both the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers.

See more information in the “Awards Banquet” tab or by clicking here

Both the Kick-off Luncheon and the Awards Banquet are a collaborate effort among a number of technical organizations and the support of sponsors from the Chattanooga area. Supporting organizations


Focus Friday

Get to know UTC and CECS with an in-depth visit! Participants will begin the day with a tour of campus and a visit from UTC Admissions. Prospective students and guests will then visit with the College of Engineering and Computer Science academic departments. CECS professors, students, and clubs/organizations will be represented and available for any questions that visitors have! Afterwards, CECS Student Ambassadors will lead optional tours of the Engineering, Math, and Computer Science building.

Date: Friday, February 21, 2020

    10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Academic Departments
    11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Dean’s Overview and Lunch
    12:05 PM – 1:05 PM Optional CECS Tour

Location: The main event will take place in the Tennessee Room of the UTC University Center (See Campus Map)

For more information email Sarah Jackson at sara-jackson@utc.edu


Explore Engineering Through TEAMS

TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science) is an annual, one-day competition that allows students to work together to explore real-world engineering challenges.
TEAMS focuses on a theme related to the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenges.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 22, 2020 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: UTC University Center, Tennessee Room (See Campus map)

For more information Click Here: TEAMS Brochure
You may also email Sara Jackson at this address: sara-jackson@utc.edu


Science Olympiad

Science Olympiad is an elementary school, middle school and high school team competition in which students compete in demonstration events pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering.

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2020

Location: Chattanooga State Community College (See Campus map)

For more information click here: National Science Olympiad and Tennessee Science Olympiad

Questions? Get in touch with Dr. Ian Beck by email: Ian.Beck@chattanoogastate.edu or phone: 697-2550 (office)


STEM Day for Girls

“Girls STEM Day” is an event that showcases the multiple paths in STEM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Math) to girls in grades 7-12. This event is designed for school groups, scout groups, youth groups and individual girls. The overall vision of Girls STEM Day is to demonstrate that STEM is shaped many different ways. Through a series of hands on activities and inspiring presentations, these girls are challenged to explore how they may fit into these paths.

Date: Thursday, March 12 from 8:30am-12:30pm EST

Locarion: Chattanooga State Community College (Room location to be determined). (See Campus map)

Registration has closed with over 500 students from 18 different schools attending. Program is still being evaluated and workshop information may be posted here at a later date.

For more information email Breanne Kintz: breanne.kintz@chattanoogastate.edu


Chattanooga Regional Science & Engineering Fair

This event offers high school and middle school students the chance to showcase their knowledge and interest in science, and especially to gain experience in presenting themselves and their work. The students compete for an opportunity to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Date: March 10-12, 2020

Location: University Center – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. (See Campus map)

The displays will be set up in the Tennessee and Chattanooga rooms of the University Center.
The Awards event will take place in the University Center’s Auditorium.

Science Fair Activities:

    Tuesday, March 10, 2020: – Any projects can be set up between 4 pm and 7pm with Junior Division judging that night.

    Wednesday, March 11 – Any later junior divisions projects judged early that morning, all senior division project judged in the morning and sweepstakes judging set for the afternoon

    Thursday, March 12 – Public viewing that afternoon and the awards ceremony that evening at 6:00 in the University Center Auditorium and breakdown of projects afterward

Click here: Categories to see the various available Science and Engineering Categories in which to compete.

Questions? Get in touch with Valerie Rutledge by email: valerie-rutledge@utc.edu



Recently Held E-Week 2020 Events

2019-2020 Robotics Competitions Season

From December through March, there are four groups of robotic tournaments in the Chattanooga and surrounding area:

    (1) FIRST – “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”
    (2) The VEX Robotics Events
    (3) MATE Underwater Robotics
    (4) Green Prix

FIRST Lego League

FIRST Lego League is a non-profit, 30-year old international youth organization that operates FIRST Lego League, FIRST Lego League Junior , FIRST Technology Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition. The League introduces young people, ages 9 to 14 (grades 4-8) to the fun and excitement of science and technology. Each fall, FLL releases a new Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Teams of up to ten children, with two adult coaches participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to complete tasks on a themed playing ‘field’ created by FLL and developing a solution to a problem they have identified. This season, two local FLL events were scheduled. The first involved qualifying tournaments around the Chattanooga area in early December of last year and the second is a championship tournament planned for early February at Chattanooga State Community College. These two events are sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Robotics.
The schedule of these FIRST Robotic Competitions is listed below:

    January 4 (Saturday), 2020 – FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff Events are held in Knoxville, Huntsville and at the Chattanooga STEM School. (See link here: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/kickoff).
    February 8 (Saturday), 2020 – FIRST Tech Challenge, Tennessee State Championship, MTSU, Alumni Gym, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
    March 18 – 21 (Wednesday – Saturday), 2020 – FIRST Robotics Competition, Memphis Regional, Collierville High School, 11605 E Shelby Drive, Collierville, TN 38017
    March 25 – 28 (Wednesday – Saturday), 2020 – FIRST Robotics Competition, Smoky Mountain Regional, Thompson-Boling Arena – University of Tennessee
    April 1 – 4 (Wednesday – Saturday), 2020 – FIRST Robotics Competition, Rocket City Regional, Von Braun Center, 700 Monroe ST SW, Huntsville, AL, 35801
    For information about these FIRST events Contact Richard Manning at rpmanning@outlook.com

FIRST Lego League Junior (FLL Jr) Robotics Events

It’s never too early to discover science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). FIRST LEGO League Junior is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®.
Guided by adult coaches and FIRST® Core Values, students build models using LEGO®Education WeDo 2.0 and create Show Me posters to present what they learned. The program focuses on building interest in science, technology, engineering and math through a real-world challenge – to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination.

FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC) Robotics Events

It’s way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team. Robot kits are reusable from year to year and can be computer coded using a variety of levels of Java-based programming. Teams design and build robots, raise funds, design and market their team brand, and do community outreach to earn specific awards. Participants are eligible to apply for college scholarships from an $80 million scholarship fund.

Each season concludes with regional championship events and an exciting FIRST Championship. This year there are four Chattanooga area FTC teams. These teams will participate in either of two State Championships

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Robotics Events

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.

VEX Robotics Events

Elementary and middle school is the most formative time in a young student’s life. The best way to instill a lifelong interest in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) is to provide a fun, engaging, and hands-on opportunity to explore and experience it for themselves. VEX IQ is a robotics platform designed to transform the STEM learning paradigm for young students (grades 4-8) and their teachers. When students have the ability to jump right in and snap robots together using this intuitive tool-less system, it can unlock a curiosity and a passion that will stay with them for life.

By its nature, the study of robotics inherently incorporates all four pillars of STEM. VEX IQ is a snap-together robotics system designed from the ground up to provide this opportunity to future engineers of all skill levels. By packaging advanced concepts into an accessible package, the system also naturally encourages teamwork, problem solving, and leadership for students as young as second grade.

VEX Robotics Competition (VRC) Events

In the VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation, teams of middle and high school students are tasked with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge. Classroom STEM concepts are put to the test as students learn lifelong skills in teamwork, leadership, communications, and more. Tournaments are held year-round at the regional, state, and national levels and culminate at the VEX Robotics World Championship in April.

VEX IQ Regional Tournament at Volkswagen Saturday, January 18, 2020
VEX VRC Tournament at Chattanooga Christian on Friday February 7 and Saturday, February 8. 2020

Questions? Get in touch with Samantha Travis by email: Samantha.travis@chattanoogastate.edu or phone: 423-697-5514.

Marine Advanced Technology Education (Mate)

This is a new underwater robotics competition sponsored by the Tennessee Aquarium. Here’s some information about MATE:

The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center was established with funding from the National Science Foundation in 1997. MATE’s mission is to use marine technology to inspire and challenge students to learn and creatively apply science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to solving real-world problems in a way that strengthens critical thinking, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
https://www.marinetech.org/

A MATE Underwater Robotics training sessions will on Friday, January 31 and Saturday February 1, 2020 at Howard Connect Academy.

MATHCOUNTS Competition

MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide math coaching and competition program for 7th and 8th grade students. It promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. It is one of three programs of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides engaging math programs to U.S. middle school students of all ability levels in order to build confidence and improve attitudes towards math and problem solving. The foundation recognizes that middle school students exist at a critical juncture in which their love for mathematics must be nurtured and their fear of mathematics must be overcome. The foundation consists of three programs: a National Math Club, a Math Video Challenge and a MATHCOUNTS competition Series – of which the Chattanooga event is a part of.
The MATHCOUNTS competition Series in Tennessee is sponsored by Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE)
This year the 2020 MathCounts Chattanooga Competition was held on Saturday February 8th at the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA). Signs were posted to guide you to the testing location from the main entrance of the school. The address is:

    Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy
    1802 Bailey Avenue,
    Chattanooga, TN 37404

All competition materials will be supplied, but students should bring calculators. Calculators are not permitted in the Sprint or Countdown Rounds, but they are permitted in the Target, Team and Masters Rounds. Where calculators are permitted, students may use any calculator that does not contain a QWERTY (i.e., typewriter like) keypad. Calculators that have the ability to enter letters of the alphabet but do not have a keypad in a standard typewriter arrangement are acceptable.
The agenda of the competition will be as follows:

    • Registration will begin at 8:30 AM.
    • The competition will begin at 9:00 AM.
    • Lunch will be at 11:00. We will have pizza, chips, soda, and deserts for the children (including sugar free), but if any children have special dietary needs, just let me know and I’ll be glad to accommodate them.
    • The speed round will begin after lunch at 11:30 PM, and awards will be presented following that competition (parents are welcome to attend).
    • The competition should conclude at 12:30 PM.

In the event of severe weather in our Chapter area, the competition will be rescheduled for safety and all teams will be notified.

For further information get in touch with Jeff Parris, Chattanooga Chapter MATHCOUNTS Coordinator, by email: jeffreyhparris@yahoo.com or by phone: 423-503-8766.

Also, for more general information visit http://www.tnspe.org/MATHCOUNTS.htm and http://www.mathcounts.org/

Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing that is meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day occurred on October 6, 2018. But any day can be a Manufacturing Day. MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t.

More information about Manufacturing day can be found at:
MFG-Day


Speaking Opportunities

Volunteers are needed to address speaker requests from elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, and youth groups to visit classrooms, assemblies, and group meetings. Please get in touch with Lulu Copeland by email at LuluCopeland@gmail.com


General E-Week Contacts

Lulu Copeland LuluCopeland@gmail.com