Chattanooga Engineers Club

Updates from TN Valley Robotics with Volunteer Opportunities

9 Nov 2021 10:47 AM | Lulu Copeland (Administrator)

The 501C3 organization was founded here in Chattanooga in 2017 to promote STEM education through robotics. The local organization followed the national organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  FIRST was founded as a non-profit organization by Dean Kamen in 1989,  to promote STEM knowledge in the way sports activities are promoted.

Programs supported by FIRST:

FIRST Lego League (FLL) Discover (K-1)

FLL Explore (grades 2-4)

FLL Competition (grades 4-8)

FTC (grades 7-12)

FRC (grades 9-12) 

TNVR programming now also include VEX.  VEX REC Foundation (Robotics Education & Competition Foundation) is the non-profit arm of VEX.

Programs supported by VEX

VEX GO (2-4)

VEX 123 (4-6)

VEX IQ Challenge (4-8)

VEX Robotics Competition (6-12)

VEX U (University)

Newest addition - MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) Competition, with programs:


NAVIGATOR (5-8 & 9-12)

RANGER (5-8 & 9-12)

EXPLORER (community and technical colleges, universities)

There will be a competition at GPS in 2022. The Tennessee Aquarium and UTC are co-sponsors.

Volunteer Opportunities

FLL – Need volunteers for

                12/4/2021 at Hunter Middle School in Ooltewah, TN

                12/11/2021 at Adairsville Middle School, Adairsville, GA

                1/29/2022 at Volkswagen Chattanooga Conference Center

Contact Scott Rosenow or Richard Manning

VEX IQ Competition – Need volunteers for

                11/20/2021 at Volkswagen Chattanooga Conference Center

                Contact Scott Rosenow


MATE – Need volunteers for

                May 2022 @ GPS (date TBD)

                Contact Tracy Hightower

FTC – Need volunteers for

                February 2022 at MTSU (date TBD)

                Contact Richard Manning

FRC – Need Mentors for CGLA

Contact Richard Manning

Greenpower USA electric racers – Need volunteers for

                November 19 & 20 at Ross’ Landing

                Contact: Kelley Cureton


Kelley Cureton -

Tracy Hightower -

Richard Manning –

Scott Rosenow –

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