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STEM Outreach

National Engineers Week

National Engineers Week is one of the largest STEM events of the year. It is the time to celebrate the amazing accomplishments of engineers, technicians, and technologists and to introduce K-12 students to engineering and technology. Each year, the College of Engineering at Lipscomb hosts activities throughout the week to recognize and celebrate the field of engineering. The Rocket Car Rally Competition is held on campus each year outside of the Fields Engineering Center. Additionally, industry professionals are scheduled to speak to students during professional development meetings, sharing information about the field of engineering and their personal experiences and insights.


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Nissan AERO Summer Program

Accelerated Engineering Readiness Opportunity (AERO)

In partnership with Nissan, Lipscomb University is offering two weeklong summer programs designed to prepare aspiring engineering students for college-level coursework. Open to students, AERO (Accelerated Engineering Readiness Opportunity) takes a holistic approach by training high school seniors (rising college freshmen), rising seniors, transfers, and veterans in crucial math and engineering skills.

You'll have hands-on opportunities to learn from both industry professionals and Lipscomb College of Engineering and Math faculty members. Build a valuable portfolio of skills and connect with others in the profession along the way.

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Ferree, Director of Professional Development, at erin.ferree [at] (.)

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Music City BEST

The Music City BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) Robotics Competition is a national non-profit organization providing middle and high school students with a free STEM Education program and competition for career and workforce development. BEST is an acronym for Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology. The mission is to engage, excite, and inspire students to pursue degrees and careers in engineering, science, and technology.

Music City BEST Hub holds events at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN each fall.  We welcome teams from across the state of TN and surrounding areas.  Any school may start a team, and there is no cost to participate.  Some of our teams accept students from schools that are not currently competing, we will do our best to help interested students to find a team.

Through this competition students experience first-hand what businesses do to develop a new product and bring it to market.  Teams come together with creative ideas and follow the Engineering design process to deliver a final product.  Each team documents their work using an Engineering project notebook, develops a marketing presentation to sell their product to potential clients, creates a team exhibit, and participates in interviews for promotion in the marketplace. The final product is tested in a competitive game where their robots face off against each other in a spirited environment on game day.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Juan Rojas, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Music City BEST Robotics Hub Director, at juan.rojas [at]