The Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science, and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Teams of fifteen students develop their teamwork and problem solving throughout the year in preparation for each of the events. Middle and high school teams initially compete in one-day regional tournaments that are held at several locations throughout Tennessee. The top eighteen teams advance to the state tournament held at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in the spring. The winning team in each division then competes in the National Tournament generally scheduled in late May. For additional information, please visit the Tennessee Science Olympiad website.
STEMspark is the East TN STEM Education hub of the TSIN (Tennessee STEM Innovation Network) and the nationwide STEMx coalition. It is a regional partnership of educational, business, scientific, research institutions, and community partners organized to promote and support high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in a 13-county region by providing students and teachers with access to vital learning resources and to engage partners in our community to support the efforts of these dedicated hearts and minds. Please visit the STEMspark website for additional information.
TEACH/Here has provided funding for thirty-two new math and science teachers to launch their careers in Knoxville and Chattanooga classrooms where they’re needed most. Through the TEACH/Here teacher residencies, school districts and their partners recruited, prepared, and are supporting highly effective teachers in high needs areas in Hamilton and Knox counties. Our mission has been to improve learning and lives of students by making sure they have great teachers. For further information about post-baccalaureate initial teacher licensure programs in STEM at UT, please visit the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education website.
VolsTeach is a program targeted for undergraduate math, science, or engineering majors who are interested in expanding their professional skills and exploring a career in secondary teaching. Students can graduate in four years with a degree in math, science, or engineering as well as obtain licensure as highly qualified teachers in their respective content areas. The program emphasizes early and ongoing field-based experiences. VolsTeach is a joint venture of the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. For more information about the program, contact a coach/recruiter at 865-974-2592, or visit the VolsTeach website.