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UT Libraries and the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources will host a Big Orange STEM Symposium for Tennessee high school and first-year college students on Saturday, April 18.

Students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are invited to attend the event, which will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in John C. Hodges Library. Parents are also invited.

The symposium is free, but participants should preregister online.

Students will begin the day with a cornerstone activity called “Everyday Science: No Junk in my DNA!” Afternoon breakout sessions will feature hands-on activities relating to food science, the science behind tree planting, and the nuts and bolts of engineering. At a STEM Browse Fair, students will learn about STEM organizations in the region and unique opportunities at UT.

Participants will meet professors and researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from several organizations including UT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Texas Instruments, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The symposium will include a session that might be of interest to parents, titled “Help! My Child is Going to College!” It will feature information on UT services to incoming students and on parent involvement.

Free lunch and goody bags will be provided to attendees who preregister. Parents should register on a separate online form.

For more information, visit the website.


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