Pet the Shark! A TN DEN Event

Tnaqua_2 It is a well-known fact that Discovery Educators love Shark Week!  With that sentiment in mind, the TN Leadership Council has planned our next event at the TN Aquarium in Chattanooga, TN.  And yes, you can really Pet the Sharks at the Aquarium!!

The TN Aquarium is one of TN’s premiere tourist attractions, but it is also designed as a tremendous training ground for students.  They will even send their staff to your school to do workshops with your students or staff development for your teachers!  This workshop will highlight the ways the TN Aquarium can benefit you and your students.

This exciting DEN event will be held Saturday, September 8th, beginning at 9 AM and concluding sometime after 2 PM.  Here is a brief itinerary:

  • Hands On Workshop with TN Aquarium staff from 9 to 10:30
  • Tour of the TN Aquarium (both salt and fresh water venues) from 10:30 to 12:00
  • Lunch provided by the Riverside Deli from 12:00 to 1:00
  • IMAX 3-D movie from 1:00 to 1:45
  • Debrief and drinks at the Mellow Mushroom from 2:00 to ???

Our wonderful team at Discovery will pick up the tab for the training, movie, and lunch.  All day parking is anywhere from $5 to $7 (your tab).  Refreshments at the Mellow Mushroom are not included, but this get-together time is optional.

The TN Aquarium will present an overview of the student workshops held there.  They have workshops for K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12 grade levels.  All workshops are interactive and hands on.  They are also aligned to TN, GA, and AL science standards.  You can find a complete list at their website.

You should bring a digital and/or video camera if at all possible (at least one for each school group).  We will give you an assignment to create a digital story of the day to be completed later. 

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please comment below with your name and email address.  We can only take 30 people on this event due to space limitations, so sign up early!  We will be in contact with you at a later date to confirm your registration.  We promise to have you out in plenty of time to get to Knoxville for the TN Vols game later that day (7 PM)!


  1. Karla Halcomb - STAR Educator - TN Leaderchip Council

    This is such an awesome chance! I get to spend the day out of town, at an aquarium I haven’t experienced but wanted to- just hadn’t had an excuse- and no cost!!! Road Trip!!!!!!!! Hope to see everbody there!

  2. Teryl Magee - TN DEN LC, Chair

    Angie–Please edit your comment and leave your e-mail address so we can get in touch with you regarding time and place to meet. Thanks! Teryl

  3. Priscilla Ayres

    I would love to have the opportunity to attend!

  4. Ellen Bologna

    I am interested in the workshop on Sept.8. Sounds like a great way to get in-service credit! Thanks!

  5. Jennifer Barrett

    Please count me in for Pet the Sharks!

  6. Amy Crawford

    I’m looking forward to receiving confirmation soon. Thank you for this opportunity!

  7. Katie

    Hi my name is Katie Erminger.I work at WHS. I would really love to attend your event, but i am just a TA for special ed. If it is possible for me to attend please sign me up.

  8. dodsonc

    I would love to attend this great opportunity. Please let me know. THanks Cathy Dodson

  9. Priscilla Ayres

    I am interested in atttending.How do I sign up? I do not seem to be doing this right. Priscilla Ayres

  10. Nancy Hullander

    Count me in!

  11. Tammy Truax

    It has been years since I have been to the Chattanooga Aquarium. What a way to get in-service credit and spice up my science and technology. I would love to be considered!
    Tammy Truax

  12. Heather Wilhite

    I have never been to the Chattanooga Aquarium and would love to get this opportunity! My e-mail is

  13. Mona Shelton

    Please sign me up. Sounds great!
    Mona Shelton
    East Knox County Elementary School

  14. Sally Prince

    This is a great opportunity! I love the aquarium and hope that I get to participate!!!

  15. Ann Watson

    Sounds great! This will be a a great experience!

  16. Margaret West

    I would love to come.

  17. Lisa Henley

    This sounds super! Please consider me for this workshop!!

  18. Marta Kaziow

    Would love, love, love to attend!

  19. Adrianne McPeake

    This workshop sounds like so much fun! I would love to participate!

  20. Danielle Harrison

    Awesome!!!! Sign me up!

  21. Sarah Kerstetter

    Would like to come if there is still room!

    Sarah K.

  22. Nancy Hullander

    Did you need my email with comment? I signed above on Aug. 18th. Do you have to be a star member to participate?

  23. Carla Wilkerson

    I would love to attend this workshop. Thanks

    Copper Ridge Elementary

  24. Jon Lakin

    This sounds awesome. PLease let me come???!!!!

  25. Liz Cravens

    I am very interested in this workshop–sign me up!
    Bearden Middle
    Knox County, TN

  26. Carolyn Ford

    The class was already full when I was contacted concerning this event. I really was looking forward to coming, and hopefully will be able to attend in the future. If there is any way more teachers could attend this particular event, I would be so thankful.

    Carolyn Ford
    Powell elementary

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