National Engineers Week 2018
Chattanooga Area Activities

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 TVA - Chattanooga Regional Qualifying FIRST Lego League (FLL) event. It took place Saturday December 2nd, 2017 at Red Bank Middle School.

    • The TVA Northwest Georgia Super Regional 2nd Tier Qualifying Tournament - FLL event was held at the Athletic Field House of Chattanooga State on Saturday, January 13th. (See Times Free Press Article
The results of the December Regional Qualifier and the list of teams that advanced to the January 13 competition can be seen by clicking on this link: Results . The winners of the January 13th competion will be posted soon. Those winners will continue on to the Georgia Tech championship competition on Saturday January 27 and possibly to the national competition.

For more information about the Chattanooga FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics Events you may email Dr. Richard Manning (

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 24th, 2018. It will take place at the Chattanooga State Community College's Main Campus, 4501 Amnicola Highway, Chattanooga TN and specifically at the Center for Engineering Technology, Arts & Sciences Building. (see Chat State Campus Map ) - rooms 202, 212, 213 and 215. Signs will be posted to guide you to the registration desk with registration beginning at 8:30 AM. The competition will begin at 9:00 AM.

    Winners of the Chattanooga Competition will get a chance to compete at the State Competition in Nashville on Saturday, March 17th and possibly at the subsequent 2018 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition May 12-15, 2018, in Washington, DC.

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

    Click here to view the winners of the 2017 competition. winners-2017

    For more general information visit and

    To get an idea of what the National Competition held in Orlando in May of 2017 was like, click here: National Competition

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.

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: Friday, February 23rd, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      (Note that scheduling issues required the banquet to be held on a Friday instead of the traditional Thursday)
    • Location: DoubleTree Hotel
    • Speaker:Dr. Thomas Zacharia, Laboratory Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    • Topic: “Engineering Innovation: Tools for the Second Machine Age”
    • Cost: $45 Single Ticket, $450 Corporate Table for Eight

    • Reservations by Friday February 16

Both the Kick-off Luncheon and the Awards Banquet are a collaborate effort among a number of technical organization and the support of sponsors from the Chattanooga area (They are shown under the "Organizations" tab at upper right of this page).

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. These would recognize person in that community for their engineering achievements, their professional reputation and their contribution to the general welfare of the local community. To identify, select and nominate candidates to receive awards of recognition for that achievement, the 2018 Chattanooga Area Engineer's Week Awards committee invites you to nominate a candidate for one of the Engineers Week Awards below. Just complete the appropriate nomination form and return it by email by Friday, February 2.  Winners will be announced during the E-Week Awards Banquet. General qualifications are shown here but see the nomination forms for more details.
      Categories -
      • Oustanding Engineer of the Year
      • Young Engineer of the Year
      • Technician of the Year
      • People to People

The VEX Robotics Competition

    The VEX Robotics competitions gives middle school and high school students the opportunity to apply their newfound STEM skills in an enthralling game-based engineering challenge. It is presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. With 16,000 teams competing in over 40 countries, VEX represents the world’s largest and fastest-growing educational robotics competition. Chattanooga State will hold its first state-qualifying VEX EDR Competition for middle and high school students at its the Volkswagen Academy on Saturday, February 10th.

      What: Tennessee-qualifying VEX Robotics Competition.
      When: Saturday, February 10, 2018, beginning at 8 a.m.
      Where: Chattanooga State Volkswagen Academy, 6100 Enterprise Park Dr.(see Enterprise Park map and V W Academy).
      About the Chattanooga State Event: See article.
      More about VEX: VEX.
      Questions? Get in touch with Samantha Travis by email: or phone: 423-697-5514.

    UTC Open House for High School Students

      As part of UTC's celebration of National Engineers Week, the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science is please to invite high school students, their parents and educators for an Open House event featuring hands-on demonstrations, program information sharing and tours of the engineering building and laboratories. It is open to the public and will feature time for tours of the labs, project demos, and more! The event is free to the public with complimentary lunch provided. However, registration is required.

      The event will take place on Saturday, February 24th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the UTC Engineer, Math and Computer Science Building located at the intersection of Palmetto, Vine and East Fifth Streets. UTC Map

      Registration information and other details can be found by clicking here: UTC Open House

    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.

    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.

      • Dates:
        - Wednesday, March 14th: Set-Up beginning at 8:00 a.m.and Judging beginning at 9:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.
        - Thursday, March 15th: Awards Ceremony 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      • Location: University Center - University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. See UTC Map
      • Click here: Categories to see the various available Science and Engineering Categories in which to compete.
      • For more information about the Science & Engineering Fair and how to participate in it click here: ChattScienceFair
        Note: Registration information can be found by click the "Registration" tab on the upper right of that page.
      • E-mail questions to Questions

    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, 2017. 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