National Engineers Week 2021 – Chattanooga Area Activities
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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.
The competition is sponsored by green|spaces.
For more information: Chattanooga Green Prix
The 2021 Technology Symposium is hosted by The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Engineering and Computer Science. This year’s 4th annual event is called Reimagining Innovation and will be held virtually on April 16, 2021.
The Technology Symposium showcases innovative research projects conducted across multiple disciplines including engineering, engineering technology management and computer science.
Students at all education levels, educators, business and industry representatives, entrepreneurs and the general public are welcome. There is no cost to attend.
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.
For more information: Email Sarah Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Questions? Get in touch with Dr. Ian Beck by email: Ian.Beck@chattanoogastate.edu or phone: 697-2550 (office)
STEM Day for Girls
“STEM Day for Girls” is our version of Girl Day / Introduce a Girl to Engineering. E Week promotes “Introduce a Girl to Engineering”. By showcasing STEM (Science – Technology – Engineering – Math), with the help of area professionals, we will demonstrate STEM careers in many different ways. Through hands-on activities and inspiring presentations, school-age girls are challenged to explore how they may fit into these paths.
This year, STEM Day for Girls will be coordinated by Million Women Mentors – TN, virtual events will come from various host locations.
For more information: Email Lulu Copeland at email@example.com
CURRENT STEM DAY FOR GIRLS EVENTS
Grab and Go from Nashville, TN
A STEM micro-conference for what teachers need now! Presented by Harpeth Hall Center for STEM Education for Girls and the STEM Consortium
February 6, 2021 | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Bring your coffee and come join with the Center for STEM Education for Girls and the STEM Consortium for a short Saturday conference February 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. GRAB some quick tips in short 20 min sessions and GO implement them in your virtual or hybrid school environment. Let’s help one another!
Grab and Go is free for participants, but please register in advance.
- CS and computational thinking
- STEM research/STEM opportunities in a virtual world (outside of school, this school year and summer, next fall)
- DEI and STEM
- Tips and tricks for fostering STEM engagement and education in the time of COVID-19
- Hands On + Physically Distant
Presented by the Harpeth Hall Center for STEM Education for Girls and the STEM Consortium.
Women in Engineering Classroom Visits
Women engineers are invited to visit with students via online platform during E Week (Feb 22 – 26. Monday – Friday)
Each should plan to provide a 30 – 45 minute presentation or activity
Event time will be between 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
These sessions will be a collaboration between Million Women Mentors, Society of Women Engineers and Chattanooga State Engineering & Information Technology.
Please contact us to be a presenter/facilitator/mentor and to sign up students.
Email: Breanne.Kintz@chattanoogastate.edu to register.
Fun with Particles and Light
Monday, Feb 22, 1:00 pm
Chemistry fun with Dr. Soubantika Pauchoudhury, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Civil Engineering of UTC.
An Hour of Code
Tuesday, Feb 23, 9:00 am
Presented by Savitha Pinepalli, Assistant Professor and Department Head of Information Technology, and Hanadi Mohamed, instructor, both at Chattanooga State.
Un Vistazo a Mi Carrera Como Ingeniera Civil (A Look at My Career as a Civil Engineer)
Tuesday, Feb 23, 11:00 am
An ESL presentation about civil engineering career by Melissa Kelly, PE, Transportation Project Manager at City of Chattanooga Dept of Transportation.
Inclusion and Innovation in Civil Engineering
Tuesday, Feb 23, 11:30 am
What does this mean in engineering and civil engineering? Find out from Caitlin Moffitt, Senior Program Manager at TVA
Engineering is Just Math
Wednesday, Feb 24, 9:00 am
Learn what engineering is all about, the different engineering disciplines with Sara Jackson, Outreach Coordinator at UTC.
Chemistry in the Kitchen
Wednesday, Feb 24, 12:00 pm
Join the Director of Culinary Arts at Chattanooga State, Matthew Williamson and one of his student for “An Exploration of Culinary Science: Scientific Concepts in the Kitchen”
What is Radiation and Contamination? How can we Keep People Safe in Nuclear Careers?
Wednesday, Feb 24, 1:00 pm
Samantha Travis, Coordinator of RCNET, Adjunct Instructor at Chattanooga State, Certified Radiation Protection Technican.
How to Prepare for a Career in STEM
Wednesday, Feb 24, 1:00 pm
Navigate with Abigail Kasper, Operation District Specialist with TDOT, and Jennifer Blanchard, Civil Staff Engineer at S&ME. They will discuss their journey, background and work in the field of water and transportation.
SWE / ChaTech Women at Kenco Innovation Lab
Friday, Feb 26, 9:00 am
Heidi Weisenber, Industrial Engineer, President of Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Chattanooga Area Section and Project Engineer, working with Kristi Montgomery, member of Chatech Women, Vice President of Innovation & Research, Kenco
Students will visit the Innov lab and see how Kenco provide engineering solutions to customers all over US.
What is Nuclear Medicine
Friday, Feb 26, 9:00 am
Learn how technicians prepare their radiopharmaceuticals with Leesa Ross, Associate Professor and Director of Nuclear Medicine at Chattanooga State
Lets Talk Civil and Environmental Engineering
Friday, Feb 26, 10:00 am
Ask away time with Maria Price, PE, Engineering Manager at the City of Chattanooga, Dept of Public Works
Digital Electronics Everywhere
Friday, Feb 26, 1:00 pm
Ever wonder what is inside a computer? Learn about digital electronics all around us with Dr. Raga Ahmed, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at UTC.
Mars Wrigley TWIX + STEM Mentors Session
March 11 @ 12:30 pm
The Mars Wrigley Women in Engineering group out of the Cleveland, TN plant are excited to welcome you to a discussion about Twix manufacturing and our careers within engineering.
Agenda to include:
-Twix manufacturing discussion including: Process design walk through for a Twix line and footage of our Twix line in CLV
-Twix candy discussion connecting product to process (candy to be sent to schools before March 11)
-Career discussion (Four professionals – Industrial Engineering, Sustainability Engineering, Project Engineering and Process Engineering) related to the Twix line or another product.
SWE/ChaTech Women at Kenco Innov Lab
Heidi Weisenber / SWE / Project Engineer, Kenco
Kristi Montgomery/Chatech / VP of Innov & Research, Kenco
ASCE & EWRI E Week event (virtual)
24 Feb 2021 – 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
A Virtual Panel Discussion: “Emerging Careers” & Scholarship Presentation
This is a joint ASCE Chattanooga Branch and EWRI event.
The event will be held on Wednesday, February 24th at 5:30 pm (EST) as part of the celebration of E-Week.
ASCE welcomes students, young members, and long-serving professionals to join our team of engineers to discuss how you can find success in your career, how to start a career or look for a change in direction. Our panelists will share their career stories and attendees will be able to ask questions about how to proceed in their own careers. Connect with ASCE and discuss ideas of how to market yourself, develop strategies that work while staying flexible and planning for the future. This year’s panelists will include:
- Russell Moorehead, PE, VP, Croy Engineering, LLC
- Ben Byard, PE, Bridge Program Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority
- Maria Price, PE, Engineering Manager, City of Chattanooga Department of Public Works
- Kelli Richardson, PE, Chief Engineer, Brown Brothers, Inc.
The Scholarship Committee will also announce the scholarship winner(s) for the 2021 Student Chapter Member Scholarship at the beginning of the event.
The event is free but registration is required. Register by COB Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021!
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.
Science Fair Activities:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
E-Week 2021 Robotic Events
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 events will be remote (virtual); week of April 20, 2021. Teams will go to selected locations and have a video taken of their game. Referees will watch the video and score it. Likewise, judging will be remote.
For more information: www.tnvrobotics.org
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.
For more information: www.tnvrobotics.org
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
The event will be remote (virtual) with the Remote Event Hub (REH) opening on 4/10 for scoring your matches. The team will compute their score and report it. There will be no referees this year. Competition fields will be available in four regions of the state for those who need access. The official Judging day will Saturday April 17th, 2021.
For more information: www.tnvrobotics.org
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.
Camp Jordan has been reserved for the week of 5/10. If FIRST and the local officials, allow in-person events and if funding is found, there will be5 days of competition that week. There will be an approximately 15 team event every day of the week. Teams will be limited to 8 people – 2 coaches and 6 students. There will be no audience at the event. Whenever possible, officiating will be remote. If we do not get the coronavirus under control, there won’t be any FRC competition this year.
For more information: www.tnvrobotics.org
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.
Questions? Get in touch with Samantha Travis by email: Samantha.email@example.com 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.
A MATE Underwater Robotics training sessions will on Friday, January 31 and Saturday February 1, 2020 at Howard Connect Academy.
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.
For further information get in touch with Jeff Parris, Chattanooga Chapter MATHCOUNTS Coordinator, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 423-503-8766.
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:
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
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