UTC College of Engineering and Computer Sciences recently hosted a five-day conference, EXCEL: Exploring Clean Energy through hands-on Learning. This conference, held June 19-23 at UTC, included the building of a robot as part of the Robotics and Solar Energy exercise.

The focus of the Conference was to educate teachers from 15 schools in Hamilton, Bradley, and Polk Counties, as well as Dalton in new technologies in the hope that they will then be able to implement and increase awareness among their students for the STEAM fields. Twenty-five math and science teachers from grades ninth through 12th participated in the robot building exercise.

TechTown will serve instrumental in the continued success of implementing the new education and techniques in the classroom by providing each participant 25 robotic kits to be able to use in their classrooms. This is possible through our partnership with UTC o secure a $74,000 grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. TechTown’s support did not end there! We also helped run the Robotics and Solar Power program, which included 15 hours of instruction.

“We will continue to work with UTC on future teacher professional development efforts, providing access to our facility, technology, and staff experts,” Chris Ramsey, CEO of TechTown Foundation.

EXCEL-ing: Teachers take know-how — and robots — back to school