STEAM Teaching Artist Tekelia C. Kelly has been accepted to present "Hacking The Code To The Underground Railroad Today" at UTC's 2018 Black Issues Summit  
CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE, FEBRUARY 23, 2018 - STEAM Teaching Artist Tekelia C. Kelly has been accepted to present "Hacking The Code To The Underground Railroad Today" at the 2018 Black Issues Summit at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC). The Summit will take place Saturday, February 24, 2018, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., in the University Center. Ms. Kelly's will discuss and demonstrate how she infuses STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) and history during Block # 2 at 10:50 a.m.
The featured program is described in the event booklet as follows:
"Hacking The Code To The Underground Railroad Today"
UC Signal Mountain Room
Using African American history, folk tale, faith, and music, Tekelia C. Kelly's "Hacking The Code To The Underground Railroad Today" provides revolutionary instruction that empowers coding. Participants will learn how coding during the Underground Railroad can empower coding today, using hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering Art, and Math) activities that develop critical thinking, creativity, "love and logic," innovative and problem-solving skills.
Tekelia C. Kelly carries a variety of roles – entrepreneur, engineer, educator, editor and entertainer – but largely focuses on reaching and teaching students of all learning styles using her CODA curriculum and Pre-employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). She is dedicated to moving students "full STEAM ahead" from school to the world of work more successfully.
CODA offers K-12 students STEAM project-based learning, with STEM plus the Arts, including coding, inventing, singing, storytelling and history. Pre-ETS offers students ages 14-22 job-readiness skills for going from school to work. These programs are excellent for academic, career and vo- technical education at school, home school, church, vacation Bible school, youth groups, and community organizations. Free services are available for eligible students with disabilities.
Since 1995, CHIPS has provided quality education and enrichment learning programs for students and educators. As the founder and owner of CHIPS Learning Services, Tekelia is also a STEAM Teaching Artist with Tennessee Arts Commission and Tennessee Arts Academy. She is a Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute Alum; educator with Microsoft and a trained, Makey Makey and Maker Faire Teacher and Affiliate. Ms. Kelly is also a certified trainer and regional partner with Makey Makey.
For more information or to inquire about Tekelia C. Kelly's traveling educational theater and school-to-work programs, including her upcoming STEAM camps, mobile learning labs, and invention literacy workshops for both students and educators, please contact Tekelia C. Kelly at 423.421.5646, or visit

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