Community Events

Here you will find announcements and opportunities to get involved in the science community in Knoxville. Do you have an upcoming science event or are you part of an organization focused on science? Email us with your information and we’ll get it listed on our website.

Volunteers Needed for Science Bowl Feb. 22

The 2014 Tennessee Science Bowl is a little more than a month away and volunteers are still needed for the Saturday, Feb. 22 event at the Blount County Campus of Pellissippi State Community College. Volunteers are needed to fill particular needs for between eight and 10 scorekeepers, five to six civility award judges, five to six rules judges and a couple of timekeepers. Schedules are flexible for either morning or all-day sessions on Saturday. Click onto volunteers and read about the volunteer roles that need to be filled.

Fifty-six teams of high school students from across Tennessee will participate in the Science Bowl. The efforts of volunteers have always been a major reason why the Tennessee Science Bowl — a major STEM education opportunity — has gained national acclaim as one of the top regional science bowls in the nation. Many states have patterned their science bowls after the Tennessee plan. Part of that is due to the large influx of volunteers who help with this Volunteer State event each year. Volunteers also get the chance to give back to their community.

For more information, email Martha Hammond or call (865) 576-2564.

Volunteers Needed for Smoky Mountain Regional Robotics Competition March 27 – 29

The Smoky Mountain Regional FIRST Robotics competition returns to the Knoxville Convention Center from March 27-29 for the third consecutive year. Fifty teams, including seven from Knox­ville, will compete in this global technology and engineering competition for high school students.

With hundreds of students and teachers coming to the event, FIRST Robotics is always looking for volunteers to help everything run smoothly. If you’d like to volunteer, email Crystal Brooks at the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce or call (865) 246-2658 to sign up.

Click here for more information on the competition.

Baker Center Forum on Energy and Environmental Policy

The Baker Center Forum on Energy and Environmental Policy provides a forum for the UT community to share their research findings to a broad set of academics, researchers and students from outside their own discipline, but who have a common interest in environmental and energy issues. The forum consists of roughly six speakers each semester from fields such as ecology, economics, urban planning, atmospheric chemistry and sociology to present on occasional Thursdays at 3:30 pm in the Baker Center’s Toyota Auditorium. Click here to visit the Baker Center website and see the Forum schedule for 2014.

Technical Society of Knoxville Meetings

The Technical Society of Knoxville is a group of individuals interested in technology and science, and their effects on society, and in particular, on the community. The Society was founded in 1921 by Charles E. Ferris, dean of the UT College of Engineering.

The hallmark of the Technical Society is its Monday Luncheon. Every Monday, the program features a speaker on a subject of technical, scientific, or general interest. Meetings take place at the Crowne Plaza on Summit Hill Drive in downtown Knoxville Mondays at 12 p.m. Learn more about the Technical Society of Knoxville.