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Virtual Science Club

Looking for information such as dates, speakers, or Zoom links for 2021-22 VSC meetings? Link here: https://sasef.utk.edu/2021-22-virtual-science-club/

In 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, we realized that students did not have the typical high level of support of teachers and mentors. The Virtual Science Club (VSC) was designed to provide free virtual programming to assist students and teachers in the development of STEM skills and to motivate them to enter the Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF)! The club is a joint venture between SASEF and The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Pre-College Research Excellence Programs.

What is the VSC?

It is a club that meets twice per month. It provides free programming to assist students and teachers in the development of STEM skills and to motivate students to enter the upcoming Southern Appalachian Science & Engineering Fair (SASEF) which will be held in-person on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus on March 29, 2022.

Who is eligible to attend VSC sessions?

The club is available to grade 6-12 students, grade 6-12 teachers, and other sponsors of STEM programs (e.g., 4-H leaders) in the 23-county East Tennessee SASEF region.

How do I become a member of the VSC?

No need to become a member! Everyone is welcome to attend meetings as they wish.

Click on the 2021-22 VSC details button at the top of the page for further details including upcoming club meeting dates/Zoom links, RSVP links, information on speakers at future meetings, and recordings of previous meetings.

When does the VSC meet?

The VSC typically meets twice per month, with a guest speaker for one session and breakout sessions by research areas for the other. The meetings have typically been held on Tuesday nights at 7:00pm EST. For access to the full schedule please click on the 2021-22 VSC details button at the top of the page.

What will club meetings look like?

One meeting per month will feature a guest speaker from a STEM field. Past speakers have been University of Tennessee faculty, STEM professionals from the local area, and even past SASEF participants that now work in a STEM field as an adult! These sessions will typically include about a 20-minute presentation followed by a Q&A session with the guest speaker.

The second meeting each month will feature smaller “breakout” sessions separated into the following four research areas. Each research area’s breakout room will have mentors including a UT graduate student, at least one science and engineering professional, and at least one SASEF board member. These mentors will assist students with questions about STEM activities particularly focusing on those activities that will support a SASEF project.

  1. Human Sciences
    • Behavioral & Social Sciences
    • Medicine & Health Sciences
  2. Natural Sciences
    • Animal Sciences
    • Biochemistry
    • Cellular & Molecular Biology
    • Environmental Sciences
    • Microbiology
    • Plant Sciences
  3. Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Earth & Planetary Science
    • Environmental Management
    • Physics & Astronomy
  4. Engineering & Math
    • Computer Science
    • Engineering: Electrical & Mechanical
    • Engineering: Materials & Bioengineering
    • Energy & Transportation
    • Mathematical Sciences

Have additional questions?

Please contact us at prep@utk.edu or 865-974-9493.