STEM School Receives Engineering Inspiration Award, Invitation To World Championship

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
The STEM School’s robotics team
The STEM School’s robotics team

The STEM School’s robotics team won the Engineering Inspiration Award at the Rocket City Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in Huntsville, Al. last weekend.  The award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.  Teams are eligible for the award at each regional or district First Robotics Competition. 

“To say we were stunned to win this award is an understatement,” said Kenneth Kranz, Fab Lab teacher and robotics team coach at Chattanooga STEM School. “I love that this award is about what our team does all year long to showcase robotics and inspire kids in our community to pursue STEM careers.  I’m so proud that they could be recognized for their hard work." 

In announcing the award, the judges cited the STEM School’s Robotics 101 and Robot Reveal Night activities to promote engineering in the community.  The award is reserved for teams that make an impact on the students at their school and in the community outside of the competition season.  The award recognized the STEM School for the inventiveness of the team’s efforts to recruit students to the field of engineering, the community outreach promoting engineering, and the commitment to science and technology education among the team, school, and community. 

"There are several reasons why students compete in robotics,” stated Dr. Tony Donen, principal of STEM School Chattanooga.  “For our students at the STEM School, it is not only about what they can learn personally, but how they can create opportunities for others as well. I cannot think of an award I would rather have our students win.” 

The STEM School Chattanooga team received a plaque and trophy for their selection as the Engineering Inspiration Award winner.  Each team member also received a medal.  As part of the award, the team receives an invitation to the FIRST World Championship in Houston, Texas on April 21.  NASA will fund the $5,000 registration fee for the event.  

STEM School Chattanooga, located in a technologically advanced facility on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College, is currently a grade 9-12 school.  The school’s educational approach uses projects and problem-solving experiences to explore solutions to real-world challenges.   



Lee Students Present At Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference

Nine Lee University students recently traveled to Union College in Barbourville, Ky., to present original academic research at the 25th annual Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference.  The eight students who presented in the literature panels are Emily Baker, Rebecca Doss, Erin McLaughlin, Jaran Miller, Macy O’Fallon, Maddie Schultz, Alexandra Squires, and Benjamin ... (click for more)

Vital To Address Graduates At CSCC’s Spring Commencement Ceremony

Cleveland State Community College will hold its annual spring Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 5 at 10 a.m. in the L. Quentin Lane Gymnasium. Greg A. Vital has been chosen as the keynote speaker for the ceremony. In January 2017, Cleveland State Community College announced the creation of Greg A. Vital Center for Natural Resources and Conservation, the college’s first ... (click for more)

1 Person Killed In Plane Crash At The Collegedale Airport

A person was killed in a plane crash on the runway of the Collegedale Airport on Friday evening. Charles Swain, who is the director of the airport, said the plane is a total loss. It was a single-occupant plane. He said the plane was taking off when it crashed. He said the person who died frequently had flown out of the Collegedale Airport. The FAA and NTSB are investigating ... (click for more)

$26.2 Million Grant Awarded For Bradley County Veterans Home

A $26.2 million U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs State Veterans Home Grant has been awarded for the construction of the future Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home. “Today is a monumental day for the veterans of East Tennessee, and I am thrilled that they have finally received the long overdue grant funding for the Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home," said ... (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 Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)