Outreach Activities Supporting Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Education

Austin Peay State University Governor's School for Computational Physics

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.

Lindsey Frost Cleary
STEM Outreach Coordinator
SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering
423-425-5434 (office)

Julie Sanders
Director of Workforce Development and STEM Initiatives
UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science
423-425-4020 (office)
423-425-5229 (fax)

Fuel Cell CarEngineering Design Tours
Students are invited to tour the SimCenter’s nationally-renowned research facility and UTC’s state-of-the-art engineering labs 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 design to address Common Core mathematics modeling standards and A Framework for K-12 Science Education essential questions and practices for engineering design.

WHO: School groups, student clubs, summer camp groups, students participating in after-school activities, or any interested community members.  Large groups can be accommodated, though 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, though last minute requests can often be accommodated.  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 cost is approximately $10/student). 

Ooltewah Tour
Ooltewah High School Tour, SimCenter and EMCS, May 2012

Engagement with Partnerships
The SimCenter works with a variety of local non-profit organizations to provide educational opportunities in STEM for students in our region.  Learn more about our partnership with Girls Inc. here.  

Classroom Visits
SimCenter staff members and UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science faculty are available to visit your classroom or community group to talk about engineering, the engineering design process, and career opportunities in STEM fields.  We are also eager to help teachers integrate engineering practices into their work in the classroom.  In addition, our STEM team can collaborate with educators interested in developing a lesson plan or unit design to integrate in your classroom lesson plans. Our annual Tour Schedule is as follows:

Fall Semester Tours: September 1st – November 15th
Spring Semester Tours: January 15th – March 31st
Summer Semester Tours: May 15th – July 15th

Please note: All tours will be conducted between the hours of 10am-3pm. To schedule a visit, please complete the contact us form.

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.

Research Opportunities for Students and Teachers
Summer internships at the SimCenter are available for students, and research opportunities are offered for K-12 teachers throughout the year. Please contact Lindsey Frost Cleary for more information.