1st VEX EDR Competition To Be Held Saturday At Chattanooga State - Volkswagen Academy

Monday, February 5, 2018

Chattanooga State has had the pleasure of co-sponsoring VEX competitions for high school students interested in STEM-based robotics concepts since 2013. Ooltewah High School’s Career and Technical Education /CAD teacher Lynda Pickett approached Chattanooga State’s Beth Ruta, Engineering Technology professor and department head, with the idea of a VEX competition for any HCDE high school team. What began with three teams in 2013 grew to 10 teams in 2017.

With its popularity soaring, Chattanooga State has planned its first state-qualifying VEX EDR Competition for middle and high school students at the Volkswagen Academy on Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. The competition is sponsored by the Regional Center for Nuclear Education and Training (RCNET) and TVA/Greater Robotics of Chattanooga.

Utilizing a Mardi Gras theme, this first-time VEX EDR competition will be full of fun as teams are encouraged to dress for Mardi Gras. Those dressed for the occasion will be entered into a drawing to receive some “cool stuff” according to event organizer Samantha Travis, ChattState’s RCNET Technical Specialist. Students may also tour the Volkswagen Academy, play with robots and will have the opportunity to purchase lunch prepared by Ooltewah High School culinary students.

Vexrobotics.com describes VEX EDR as more than an integrated system of motors, wheels, metal, and sensors that can be used to build or program robots. It's an established classroom companion for STEM learning in middle and high school and serves as a tool to help students understand crucial problem-solving concepts.

For more information on the VEX EDR Competition, contact Samantha Travis at 423 697-5514 or email Samantha.travis@chattanoogastate.edu



Lee University English Students Attend Tennessee Williams’ Play, Tour

Dr. Andrew Lee, professor of English, and Dr. Donna Summerlin, assistant chairperson of the Lee University Department of Language and Literature, took students from Lee’s Theories of Reading and Writing class to Tennessee Williams’ play “The Glass Menagerie” at the Chattanooga Theatre Center.  “I’m so thankful for this opportunity and the ability to experience it with peers ... (click for more)

Birdfeeder Food Pantry Helps Curb Student Hunger At Dalton State

As many as a third of college students nationwide don’t have enough money to meet essential needs, such as food. Dalton State’s students are no exception.  Aaliyah Montague-Bass was one of those students. She was working a part-time seasonal job and struggling to find the money for food.  Then she learned about the Birdfeeder, a food pantry on campus that’s ... (click for more)

Mayor Berke Plans Affordable Housing Fund, Expansion Of Innovation District; Creation Of Council Against Extremism

Mayor Andy Berke, in his annual State of the City Address on Thursday, said he plans to establishing the city’s first Affordable Housing Fund. He said the city plans to commit $1 million to the fund "that will be used exclusively to aid the creation of affordable and workforce housing throughout Chattanooga. These funds will be used to supplement federal funding, various ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man Who Was Recently Charged With Murder Is Accused In Another Earlier Shooting

Chattanooga Police have charged Britian Crutcher with the September 2017 shooting of LaSandra Burdette. Ms. Burdette, 26, was shot just after 3 a.m. in the 2000 block of Ocoee Street in Avondale. Her vehicle was involved in a minor wreck just before the shooting. The shooter was in another vehicle. Police recently charged Crutcher in the homicide of 28-year-old ... (click for more)

A Tribute For My Brother – Sgt. Jonathan Gardner, U.S. Army

Seven years ago today, my family and I found out that my brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Gardner, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, (explosively formed penetrator - EFP), while on a mission in Kuwait. The EFP went through the bottom of his seat and put a softball size hole in his upper thigh. The doctors said that if the bomb had entered the Humvee an inch to the right, he ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Black Telephone

If you have never seen one in an antique store you wouldn’t know that the first telephones were contained in a not-so-small wooden box that had a snout-looking mouth piece and a separate speaker that you would hold on your ear while you talked. This was many years ago when phones were fun as compared to today’s tiny cell phones that rudely interrupt us from the task-at-hand both ... (click for more)