National Engineers Week 2020 – Chattanooga Area Activities

2018-2019 Robotics Competitions Season

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

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

(2) The VEX Robotics Events

FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics Events

FIRST Lego League (FLL) 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 Chattanooga, Tennessee and North Georgia Regional Qualifying Tournaments took place on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at Blairsville, GA, Chattanooga, TN, and Dalton, GA. and a fourth event on Saturday December 8 at Rossville, GA. Overall, 100 teams competed in these qualifying events.

The Tennessee Valley Robotics Regional Championship Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Chattanooga State Community College with 32 qualified teams from the four qualifying events participating.

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.

FLL TN Chattanooga (North GA) Region Championship will have an FLL Jr Showcase, Saturday, February 2, 2019 at Chattanooga State Community College.

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 2019 Alabama State FTC Championship at Hampton Cove Middle School, Hampton Cove, AL on January 26

The 2019 Tennessee State FTC Championship at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN on February 2.

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.
For the 2019 Season, Chattanooga has four FTC teams and Cleveland has one team. There are two events these teams may participate in:

The Rocket City Regional in Huntsville, AL on March 13 – 16

The Smoky Mountain Regional in Knoxville, TN on March 27 – 30.

In addition, there are three teams in Dalton, GA who will participate at various sites in Georgia.

For more information about the TN Chattanooga (North GA) Region FIRST Lego League (FLL) and FIRST Lego League Jr (FLLJr) Robotics Events or for more information on any FIRST activity you may email Dr. Richard Manning at this link:

Award Winners of the TN Chattanooga (North GA) Region FLL Championship for the 2018-2019 season are listed at this link: Award Winners

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.

TNVRobotics VEX IQ League Oct 30, 2018; Nov 13 & 27, 2018 Dec 11, 2018; Jan 15 & 29, 2019

TNVRobotics VEX VRC League Nov 29, 2018; Dec 6 & 17, 2018; Jan 8, 14 & 31, 2019

TNVRobotics VEX IQ/VRC Regional Qualifier – Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Chattanooga State Volkswagen Academy, 6100 Enterprise Park Dr

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 each April.

TNVRobotics VEX VRC League Nov 29, 2018; Dec 6 & 17, 2018, and Jan 8, 14 & 31, 2019

VEX VRC Choo Choo Challenge, January 18 & 19, 2019 – Chattanooga Christian School

TNVRobotics VEX IQ/VRC Regional Qualifier – Saturday, February 9, 2019 at Chattanooga State Volkswagen Academy, 6100 Enterprise Park Dr

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

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)

The Chattanooga Chapter of MATHCOUNTS will hold its competition on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019. It will take place at the McCallie Middle School Library . Signs will be posted to guide you to the registration desk with registration beginning at 8:30 AM. The competition will begin at 9:30 AM. The competition involves four rounds of exams in which the students use math to solve various engineering problems. Currently there are about 24 middle school students (7th and 8th graders) registered.

Schedule Details:
8:30 – Registration in the library
9:00 – Exam instructions
9:30 – Exam
11:30 -Lunch
12:00 -Countdown Round with parents and coaches to observe the finalists

Winners of the Chattanooga Competition will get a chance to compete at the State Competition in Nashville on Saturday, March 16th and possibly at the subsequent 2019 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition May 11-14, 2019, in Orlando, Florida.

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

Also, for more general information visit and

To get an idea of what the National Competition held in Orlando in May of 2018 was like, click here: National Competition

ASME Engineering Ethics in Action Workshop

The local section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is hosting a four hour workshop on “Engineering Ethics in Action” on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 12 pm to 4 pm at the Chattanooga State Community College Main Campus, Omniplex Building. This is a great local training opportunity where you can earn four Professional Development hours.

For more information click this link: Engineering Ethics Workshop

Tour of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy

As part of 2019 Engineers Week, the Million Women Mentors -TN and Chatech Women invite you to a tour of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA).

Date: Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Address: Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, 1802 Bailey Ave., Chattanooga, TN

For more information click this link: Tour Details

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/Time: Tuesday, February 19th 2019, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm EST
Location: the UTC University Center. 642 E. 5th Street. Chattanooga, TN 37403
Speaker: Michael Rademacher, Project Lead: Battery. Volkswagen, North American Region
Topic: Volkswagen’s Modular Electric Architecture – E-Mobility for Millions, not Millionaires
Cost: $26.00 per person, $250 Corporate Table for Eight

Click here to RSVP by Wednesday, February 13

Award Nominations

As an integral part of the Awards Banquet, Engineers Week provides each year an opportunity for the local technical and engineering community to submit award nomination forms. The nominations would acknowledge person in that community for their engineering achievements, their professional reputation and their contribution to the general welfare of the local community. The 2019 Chattanooga Area Engineer’s Week Awards committee invites you to identify, select, and nominate a candidate for one of the Engineers Week Awards below. Please complete the appropriate nomination form and return it via email by Friday, February 1.

Winners will be announced during the E-Week Awards Banquet. General qualifications are shown here but see the nomination forms for more details.


  • Outstanding Engineer of the Year
  • Young Engineer of the Year
  • Technician of the Year
  • People to People
  • Engineering Leadership

Nomination forms are available by clicking here
Nomination deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Submit nominations to
For questions, call Bryan Eldridge at work:(423)238-7111 ext. 56294 or at home:(423)834-0653
To view the list of award winners from previous years click here for a pdf file and here for a Word file

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 21rd, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: The DoubleTree Hotel
Speaker: Peter Chia, Plant Manager and Operations Director at Nokian Tyres’ new production factory in Dayton, Tennessee.
Topic: “Engineering Success: Inventing Amazing by Investing in People.”
Cost: $45 Single Ticket, $450 Corporate Table for Eight

Reservations by Friday, February 15

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. Organizations

Focus Friday

As part of UTC’s celebration of National Engineers Week, the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science is pleased to host “Focus Friday”. It is a half day of fun, food and information. Prospective high school students, their parents and educators can tour the engineering building and laboratories and meet UTC faculty and representatives in their major of choice. Students also have the opportunity to talk to representatives from Admissions, Housing, Financial Aid and Scholarships offices. There will also be tours of the UTC campus, residence halls and the UTC Library. The event will take place on Friday, February 22, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m.

More details can be found here: Focus Friday

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.

The local regional event will take place Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Chattanooga State Community College

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

Questions? Get in touch with Dr. Ian Beck by email: or phone: >a href=”tel:4236972550″>(423) 697-2550 (office)

STEM Day for Girls

“STEM Day for Girls” are day-long events for girls in grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 who are interested in STEM programs (Science – Technology – Engineering – Math). They are designed for school groups, scout groups, youth groups and individual girls. The overall vision of STEM Day is to motivate middle school and high school girls interested in STEM careers to become innovative and creative thinkers and to pursue careers in this area by introducing them to college life through a series of hands-on activities and inspiring presentations.

The event for girls in grades 6-8 will take place Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Chattanooga State Community College

It will feature fun and hands-on sessions in science, technology, engineering and math.

Six events are planned for girls in grades 9-12. They will also take place at Chattanooga State Community College and feature these topics:

Feb. 28 – 3D Printing and Design Drafting
March 5 – Radiation Protection and Nuclear Power
March 7 – Chemical Engineering and Quality Control
March 8 – Program Logic Controllers and Robotics
April 12 – Welding and Non Destructive Testing

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.

Location: University Center – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. See UTC 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.

Projects Set up Day: Tuesday, March 12th, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Final Set up: Wednesday, March 13th, 7:00 am – 8:30 am

Science & Engineering Fair Judging Begins: Wednesday, March 13: 9:00 a.m.

Public Viewing of Projects: Thursday, March 14: 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Awards Ceremony: Thursday, March 14; 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Take Down & Removal of Projects: Thursday, beginning at 7:00 pm – 8:00 p.m.

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:

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 or call her at (423) 697-3212

General E-Week Contacts

Lulu Copeland or call her at (423) 697-3212