TN Valley Robotics

Partners with non-profit robotics and electric car kit companies, schools, clubs, and organizations to bring robotics and electric car experiences to students in the Tennessee Valley. This is accomplished through the establishment of robotics in the classroom and by teams competing against other teams in regularly scheduled competitions.

Our Team Helping To Serve The Tennessee Valley in STEM & robotics education

Dr. Richard Manning

Richard is the President of TNVRobotics and an electrical engineer with a PhD from Vanderbilt University. He has served as an adjunct professor at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and at Chattanooga State Community College. He was employed as Chief Scientist at Heartland MicroPayments until his retirement in 2009 and has taught robotics to middle school students for Chattanooga State’s summer enrichment program. He has been involved in FIRST robotics since 2011 both as a mentor/coach of FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams as well as head referee for local FIRST Lego League (FLL) competitions and serves as a FIRST Senior Mentor.

Tracy Hightower

Tracy is the Vice president of Tennessee Valley Robotics. She is a long-time employee of TVA for 32 years. She is presently the SR consultant to the SR VP of TVA's Generation Projects & Fleet Systems group. She has a master's degree in organizational management and also serves on the board of the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House and has been involved in TN Valley robotics programs for 11 years.

Scott Rosenow

Scott is the Secretary of TNVRobotics and serves as an Affiliate Partner for First Lego League and Lego League Jr. He is a STEM Teacher for Hamilton County and teaches at Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts.. Scott began coaching FLL and FLL Jr in 2008 and VEX IQ in 2016. He has served as Tournament Director, Head Referee, Judge Advisor and Lead FLL Robotics Coach & REC VEX IQ tournament director for competitions in Chattanooga, providing training and support for new coaches and teams through summer camps, workshops and ongoing mentoring.

Charley Spencer

Charley is the Treasurer of Tennessee Valley Robotics. He retired from TVA in 2014 after almost 40 years at TVA. He has masters' degrees in economics, finance, and education. He travels throughout the TN Valley region visiting schools and competitions promoting STEM and robotics across the TN Valley.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer is a retired elementary school teacher with 16 years’ of experience and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education. She has also done consulting work for TVA and is presently employed by Bicentennial Volunteers Incorporated as an educational consultant. She is a volunteer with the Huntsville Botanical Garden and the Land Trust of North AL.

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