(noun) 1. the application of science and mathematics by which the properties of matter and the sources of energy in nature are made useful to people 2. the systematic, iterative, creative design of objects, processes, and systems to meet human needs and wants
The SimCenter National Center for Computational Engineering and the UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science offer a joint outreach program designed to equip students and teachers in Chattanooga and the broader region with the knowledge and resources needed to excel in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.
Each highly customizable education program engages participants in the practices of engineering design, exposing students and teachers to the creative and collaborative work of real world engineering. Interested parties are encouraged to contact the representatives listed below for more information about program content and scheduling.
STEM Outreach Coordinator
SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering
Director of Workforce Development and STEM Initiatives
Engineering Design Tours
WHO: School groups, student clubs, summer camp groups, students participating in after-school activities, or any interested community members in Chattanooga or the broader region. Groups of up to 100 students can be accommodated. More advanced hands-on activities are available for groups with fewer than thirty participants.
WHEN: Tour schedules change each semester. Trip coordinators are asked to schedule tours at least a month in advance. Tours last between two and three hours depending on the selected program. Most groups choose to conclude their visit to the UTC campus with lunch in the University Center (average lunch cost is approximately $10/student).
WHERE: UTC Campus (Detailed campus maps and parking directions will be provided.)
Students are invited to tour UTC’s state-of-the-art engineering labs and the SimCenter’s nationally-renowned research facility to learn more about the fascinating process of engineering design. Students will have the opportunity to see engineers at work, to learn from UTC professors, and to meet UTC engineering students. Customized tours provide students with the opportunity to tackle a hands-on, real world engineering problem and to explore engineering as a possible career field. Multiple engineering fields are highlighted with particular emphasis on the exciting and growing field of computational engineering.
Tours are appropriate for any grade level and are specifically designed to address Common Core mathematics standards relating to modeling and A Framework for K-12 Science Education essential questions and practices for engineering design.
STANDARDS-BASED ACTIVITIES (Coming Soon)
SAMPLE ITENERARIES (Coming Soon)
CONTACT: Lindsey Frost
UTC staff members, professors, and students are available to visit your classroom or community group to discuss engineering, the engineering design process, and opportunities in STEM fields. Generally, these talks last about 30 minutes with additional time for Q&A.
Virtual classroom visits will soon be available via video conferencing! Check back soon for more information.
SAMPLE TOPICS (Coming Soon)
CONTACT: Julie Sanders
Teacher Professional Development
Teacher professional development opportunities are offered on campus at UTC throughout the school year and during the summer. Professional development workshops are always hands-on and model the best practices in engineering education.
Outreach staff members are eager to help teachers integrate engineering practices into their work in the classroom. Teachers interested in collaborative lesson planning or unit design are strongly encouraged to contact Lindsey Frost.
UPCOMING EVENTS (Coming Soon)
COLLABORATIVE LESSON PLANS (Coming Soon)
Research Opportunities for Students and Teachers
Summer internships are available for students, and research opportunities are offered for K-12 teachers throughout the year. Please contact Lindsey Frost for more information
SUMMER 2013 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (Coming Soon)
CURRENT RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES FOR K-12 TEACHERS (Coming Soon)
Summer Camps and Workshops for Students
Stay tuned for more information about new opportunities coming in Summer 2013!
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