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Three Major Youth STEM Events on Campus Saturday, April 2

Three youth STEM events will be held on campus during the first weekend of April–each with a different audience and participation level.


UT Libraries will host Big Orange STEM Saturday for high school and first-year college students from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2.

Students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and their parents are invited to attend the event in the John C. Hodges Library.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

UT’s Society of Women Engineers (SWE) chapter is hosting its third annual spring event, “Tomorrow’s Engineers Today,” which gives middle school girls a chance to come to campus for a day and get hands-on experience in various types of engineering, The day’s activities would take place at various locations on UT’s campus and will draw primarily from chemical, biomedical, and mechanical engineering, areas of engineering that studies have shown to have the strongest interest from women.

Sponsored by Eastman, the event is scheduled to run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. The cost for students is $5. (Registration for parents is free.)

FIRST Robotics

The FIRST Robotics Competition Smoky Mountain Regional will be held at Thompson-Boling Arena March 30–April 2. 48 teams from 12 states are registered for the event. FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition and the Smoky Mountain Regional is the first step toward the championship round which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri this year.

There are several opportunities to volunteer in either a key or non-key role if you are interested in doing so.