How public school teachers can get involved

The public is invited to attend the annual Engineers Week Awards banquet where winners of these local competitions will be recognized.

Preschool and up - Encourage parents to take their children to the annual Saturday Engineering Fun Day at the Creative Discovery Museum located in Downtown Chattanooga. This is a fun way to introduce a few basic ideas about engineering as a career and learn that experiments can be fun.

Ages 9-14 - Form a team of up to 10 members and enter the First Lego League robotic competitions.

Grades 6-12 - Sponsor students to compete in the Annual Chattanooga Regional Science & Engineering Fair.

Grades 7-8 - Register a school team to compete in the local Math Counts competition held annually at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Many organization offer grants to teachers specifically to support math clubs or math programs. The MATHCOUNTS organization website lists grant sources used by some teachers -- The Actuarial Foundation, Toshiba America Foundation and the Mathematics Education Trust.

Grade 9 - Students have said that the Chamber's Reality Check helps them better understand how education affects salary. Contact Cathy Humble at 423.763-4321 to schedule a Reality Check at your school.

High School or Middle School - Form and coach a Science Olympiad team of 15 students. Local competitions are held annually at Chattanooga State Community College. Science Olympiad is a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of K-12 science education, increasing male, female and minority interest in science, creating a technologically-literate workforce and providing recognition for outstanding achievement by both students and teachers. These goals are achieved by participating in Science Olympiad tournaments and non-competitive events, incorporating Science Olympiad into classroom curriculum and attending teacher training institutes.

High School Science and Math teachers - Schedule a group tour to visit Chattanooga State Community College.

High School freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors - ACE Mentoring Program is now available in the Chattanooga area. ACE stands for Architecture, Construction and Engineering - the three cornerstones of the construction industry. It is the fastest-growing menitoring program in America that introduces students to the vast amount of opportunity there is if you want to explore this industry. ACE is an after-school program for high school students who are interested in learning about career opportunities in Architecture, Construction, Engineering and related construction professions. Encourage students to register online in the fall for this free opportunity at acementor.org. For more information about the ACE Mentor Program of Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia, call Brittany Scott at 423.752.3438.

Chattanooga Engineers Week Committee
phone number: 423.697.3212
P.O. Box 4031,
Chattanooga, TN 37405

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