Hands On! Discovery Center - DIY Custom Hula Hoop Construction

WHEN:  Saturday, October 20 , 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

REGION: East Tennessee

WHERE: Hands On! Discovery Center, Gray

COST: $8 per person for members, $10 per person for non-members, while supplies last.

WHAT: Stop by to design, build, and decorate your very own custom hula hoop specially fitted for you.  Discover the science of engineering and physics while gaining some fantastic hula hooping moves. 

ChattaBrew Tours (21+)

WHEN:  Thursdays and Fridays from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturdays 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and 4:30-8:30 p.m.

REGION:  East Tennessee

WHERE: Chattanooga

COST: $40 per person, Chattabrewtour.com

WHAT: ChattaBrew Tour gives you a behind-the-scenes brewery experience that isn’t available to the general public. On each tour, you’ll visit four different breweries over approximately four hours, tasting their signature brews and seasonal selections while you learn the art and science of their craft. You’ll also have time to grab a pint at each stop and even purchase crowlers and growlers to enjoy later.

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum - Civil War STEAM

WHEN:  Friday, October 19, 2018. 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

REGION:  East Tennessee

WHERE: Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, Harrogate

COST: Free with Admission

WHAT: The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is proud to participate in October's Tennesee STEAM event! All across the state, participating Museums will show audiences how Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics pairs with the Humanities. On October 19, you can visit the Museum to learn about the spread of disease during the Civil War, the treatment of illnesses and injuries, nautical tech, industrialization, coding (Morse Code, that is!), mapping, and mathematical wartime strategy. Stations on each of these topics will be set-up for the public beginning at 3:00pm, and school groups can arrange for visitation earlier in the day. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Tazewell Senior Center - Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth Workshop presented by Smile On 60+

WHEN:  Friday, October 19, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

REGION:  East Tennessee

WHERE: Tazewell Senior Center, Tazewell

COST: Free

WHAT: Smile On 60+ will be teaching seniors the importance of oral health the systemic benefits of daily oral hygiene. There will be demonstrations and options for dental screenings following the presentation.


Bristol YMCA - After School STEAM

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

REGION:  East Tennessee


COST: Free

WHAT: The Bristol, TN YMCA will host hands on science activities for kids in the after school program on October 17, 4:00-5:30.  Activities include Make Your Own UV Wristband and Fun with “Gluep” Polymers.  All supplies will be provided.


Great Smoky Mountains Institute - Monarch Tagging and Butterfly Identification

WHEN:  Wednesday, October 17, 10:15 am - 2:00 pm.

REGION:  East Tennessee

WHERE: Great Smoky Mountains Institute, Townsend

COST: $5 per person. This is a first come, first served opportunity limited to 25 people.  (Please no more than 8 people per party). Email monarchs@gsmit.org

WHAT:  Who doesn’t love running around in a sunny field with a butterfly net? Monarchs migrate en masse to Mexico every year for the winter, and we would like to learn more about their migration and population status by tagging them. Tremont volunteers have been tagging monarch butterflies in Cade’s Cove for many years. Participants also catch and identify other butterfly and insect species.  Join us in the field for a great day of frolicking for science!

Age Group: Any age. Children under 18 need an adult guardian in attendance. 

Where and when to meet:  10:15 am at the visitor information shelter at the beginning of the Cades Cove driving loop in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We will caravan to the fields.  We’ll be out for 2-4 hours, ending around 1:30 or 2pm (or later if the weather is nice).  

What to wear:
Field clothing, especially long pants, and hard, protective shoes.

What to bring:
Please bring your signed Tremont and NPS waiver forms if you haven’t already sent them back to Juli by your tagging date.
Plenty of water
Lunch and snacks
Sun screen and a hat for protection from the sun


Free Family Night at Creative Discovery Museum

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 16, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

REGION:  East Tennessee

WHERE: Creative Discovery Museum, Chattanooga

COST: Free

WHAT: Spend an free evening at Creative Discovery Museum, and take the time to explore the featured exhibit, Hello From Japan! As part of the TN STEAM Festival, there will also be special STEAM activities throughout the Museum. This is a great opportunity for both newcomers and regular attendees!

Free Family Night is sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority and Publix Charities.

Hands On! Discovery Center - Fossil Fun

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 16 - Thursday, October 18, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

REGION: East Tennessee

WHERE: Hands On! Discovery Center, Gray

COST: $3 per person for members, $5 per person for non-members.

WHAT: Stop by anytime between 1pm-5pm to examine real fossils on National Fossil Day with a “picking” activity featuring micro-sediment from Aurora, NC*.  Play our Fossil or Fake game and use plaster to create your own fossil cast replica to take home.  Children must be supervised at all times. Materials fee of $3 per person for Hands On! Discovery Center members, $5 per person for non-members, while supplies last. (*All fossils and sediment must remain on site for scientific research purposes.)


Hands On! Discovery Center - Colorful Chemistry

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 16 - Sunday, November 11

REGION: East Tennessee

WHERE: Hands On! Discovery Center, Gray

COST: Free with paid general admission.

WHAT:  Join us in celebration of National Chemistry Week.  Learn all about the science of chemistry, color, and chromatography.  You will even get the chance to make your own piece of colored chalk and a tie dye masterpiece made with the science of chromatography.  The Discovery Lab will be open by announcement periodically throughout each day. 


Hands On! Discovery Center - Reverse Engineering (Ages 3+)

WHEN:  Tuesday, October 16 - Thursday, October 18

REGION: East Tennessee

WHERE: Hands On! Discovery Center, Gray

COST: Free with paid general admission.

WHAT: Join us for some reverse engineering and test your skills on lots of items adults would never let you take apart.  Dismantle computer towers, phones, keyboards, and more!  Reverse Engineering will be setup on our Discovery Cart throughout each day.  (*Contains small parts that may not suitable for children 3 and under.)