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Engineering Is Big In AZ!! ACESA Education
Engineering Is Big In AZ!! ACESA Education
Posted by kevinkilzer about 5 months ago  (4/1/2018 5:58 PM)

The Phoenix Business Journal has compiled some statistics on the local Engineering economy.

PhxBusJournal Engineering Careers 2018

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2018 Dates To Remember ACESA Education
2018 Dates To Remember ACESA Education
Posted by kevinkilzer about 8 months ago  (1/23/2018 9:40 PM)

This is the current list of Arizona STEM happenings for 2018.  Visit again for updates.

2018 Dates to Remember

Arizona Council of Engineering and Scientific Associations (ACESA)

Visit us on http://acesa.org

 

 

National Engineers Week – February 18-24, 2018

http://www.discovere.org/our-programs/engineers-week

 

Engineers Day at Arizona Science Center – February 24, 2018

https://azscience.org ,http:www.eweek.org

 

Mesa Public Schools Science & Engineering Fair – (not yet announced) Feb., 2018.

http://www.mpsaz.org/ssrc/science/secondary/sciexpo/

 

Arizona Science Olympiad

Division B Regionals

  • Southern – (not yet announced) February, 2018, Desert Sky Middle School, Tucson, AZ
  • Northern – (not yet announced) February, 2018, Rainbow Valley Elementary School, Buckeye, AZ

Arizona State Tournament, (not yet announced) March, 2018, Div. B & Div. C

http://www.azscienceolympiad.org/

 

Arizona SciTech Festival 7th Season – February 1 thru March 31, 2018

Kick-off Conference 31 August 2017 -- Mesa Arts Center 7:45am-4pm

Chief Science Officer 3rd Annual Summer Institute 18-21 July 2017 at GCU in Phoenix
Call for Jedi Mentors now open

http://azscitechfest.org/azscitechfest, http://azscitech.com

 

Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) – 12-14 April, 2018

Judging of projects – 12 April 2018

Public viewing - 13 April 2018

Awards - 14 April 2018

http://www.sarsef.org/

 

Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) – (not yet announced) April, 2018

Judging of projects – April, 2018

http://www.azscience.org/azsef

 

Sierra Vista Science and Engineering Fair (YES Fair) – (not yet announced) February, 2018

Judging of projects – February, 2018

https://www.yesfair.com/

 

Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium – (not yet announced) March, 2018

Judging of projects – March 2018

http://azjshs.org

 

Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) – May 13 – 18, 2018, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

https://student.societyforscience.org/intel-isef-2018

 

ASU Events (not yet announced) 

 

Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA) Annual Conference – October 28, 2017

Casteel High /School, Chandler, AZ, 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

https://www.azsta.org/conferences

 

Governor’s Celebration of Innovation – November 2, 2017

Rawhide Events Center (new venue this year)

https://www.aztechcouncil.org/event/gcoi2017/2017

2017 Judging – June through August

 

Future City Competition Judging – (not yet announced) January, 2018

Models on display / preliminary judging for society awards – January, 2018

http://www.futurecityarizona.org/

Sign up as a judge: click here! (Google doc)

 

MathCounts –

Central AZ Chapter (not yet announced) January/February, 2018

Papago Chapter – (not yet announced) January/February, 2018

https://www.mathcounts.org/programs/competition-series/dates-locations

 

Annual Sacaton Robotics (previously Gila River Community Science & Engineering Fair)

Not yet announced 

 

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2017 Teacher and Future Innovators of the Year ACESA Education
2017 Teacher and Future Innovators of the Year ACESA Education
Posted by kevinkilzer about a year ago  (9/18/2017 8:10 PM)

The Arizona Council of Engineering and Scientific Associations (ACESA) announces selection of Student and Teacher Awards to be presented at the Governors Celebration of Innovation (GCOI).

Future Innovator of the Year Award:

  • Somil Jain and Sachin Jaishankar, Hamilton High School, Chandler, AZ
  • Joseph Galasso, Galasso Homeschool, Tucson, AZ
  • Seoyoon Kim, BASIS Peoria High School, Peoria, AZ
  • Vilina Mehta, Basis Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ.

Future Innovator of the Year Honorable Mention Award:

  • Ava Christensen; Empire High School,Tucson, AZ
  • Heaven May Murphy, Tombstone High School, Tombstone, AZ

Teacher of the Year Award:

  • Marni Landry, Paradise Valley CREST (Center for Research Engineering Science and Technology), Phoenix, AZ.

Teacher of the Year Honorable Mention Award:

  • Pradip C Misra, Bagdad High School, Bagdad, AZ.

 

GCOI, under the auspices of the Arizona Technology Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority has become the premier technology community gathering of its kind in Arizona. This year the awards ceremony will take place at the Rawhide Events Center on Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. For additional information visit the GCOI website or the ACESA events listing.

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AZ Students Win Top Awards At Intel Science Fair ACESA Professional
AZ Students Win Top Awards At Intel Science Fair ACESA Professional
Posted by kevinkilzer about a year ago  (5/21/2017 4:09 PM)

SARSEF Student Wins Trip to Nobel Prize Awards in Stockholm, Sweden

Several Arizona Students Win Top Awards at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (May 19, 2017)

Los Angeles, CA (May 19, 2017)

Society for Science & the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation, announced Grand Awards of the Intel ISEF 2017. Student winners are ninth through twelfth graders who earned the right to compete at the Intel ISEF 2017 by winner a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair.

 

Jeremiah Pate, of Oro Valley, AZ represented SARSEF (the Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation) and won the following awards for his project curing Parkinson's disease using the body's own cellular defenses. 

"Ameliorating Alpha-Synuclein Aggregation in Parkinson's Using Optimized Chaperones: An in silico Approach"

  • Jeremiah Pate, BASIS Oro Valley, AZ, United States of America

1. Dudley R. Herschbach SIYSS (Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar) Award

The SIYSS is a week-long multi-disciplinary seminar highlighting some of the most remarkable achievements by young scientists from around the world. 

The seminar is held in Stockholm, Sweden and includes an all-expenses paid trip featuring attendance at the Nobel Prize Awards

2. Intel ISEF Best of Category Award  For the Best of Category winner,  plus a grant will be given to the winners’ school and the Intel ISEF Affiliated Fair they represent which is SARSEF - the Southern Arizona Research Science and Engineering Foundation.

3. Intel ISEF First Place Award

4. University of Arizona Tuition Scholarship

 

http://www.acesa.org/Content/Pictures/JeremiahPateHeadshot.png

Joseph Galasso, Galasso Homeschool, AZ, United States of America won the Intel ISEF Third Place Award

"A Novel, Cost-Effective Water Filtration and Desalination Technique Based on Biodegradable Superabsorbent Polymers"

  •   Arizona State University Intel ISEF Scholarship
  •   University of Arizona Tuition Scholarship


Natalia Jacobson, Empire High School, AZ, United States of America

"The Effect of Nosema on the Honey Bee's Brain"

  •   Arizona State University Intel ISEF Scholarship

 

Amanda Minke, Immaculate Heart High School, AZ, United States of America

"A Novel, Cost-Effective Water Filtration and Desalination Technique Based on Biodegradable Superabsorbent Polymers"

  • University of Arizona Tuition Scholarship

 

TEAM Project (3 Members) 

Jeremy Wang, Catalina Foothills High School, AZ
Meena Ravishankar, University High School, AZ
Vishakk Rajendran, BASIS Tucson North, AZ

"Developing a Novel 3D-Printed Solution to Aid Healing Fractured Wing Bones of Wild Birds"

  • National Anti-Vivisection Society.  National Anti-Vivisection Society promotes greater compassion, respect and justice for animals. NAVS educational and advocacy programs advance better, more humane science; support the development of alternatives to the use of animals in research, testing and education; and effect changes which help to end the unnecessary suffering of animals.  Award

 

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Robotic Arm Built by Teen Engineers Saved Puppy Trapped in Well ACESA Professional
Robotic Arm Built by Teen Engineers Saved Puppy Trapped in Well ACESA Professional
Posted by kevinkilzer about a year ago  (2/26/2017 9:45 PM)

Thanks to the noble efforts of firefighters, miners, and a high school robotics team, a four-month-old puppy was rescued from a well in Istanbul, Turkey last Wednesday.

The Kangal puppy was found in a 230-foot well that was located in forested area after 10 days of entrapment. The puppy was given the Turkish nicknamed “Kuyu” by locals, which translates to “Well” in English. Even though it took a team effort to save the confined canine, the daring rescue wouldn't have been possible without the assistance of the robotics team at Istanbul’s Bahcesehir High School For Science & Technology.

According to the on-site team reported by the HuffPost, “The workers would not have been able to rescue the dog without the help of the robotic arm. Their efforts were inhibited by the depth of the well. And the fact that they couldn’t dig a new hole because of concern it could cause the well to collapse entirely.”

See pictures and video at ECN magazine.

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2016 First Lego League ACESA Education
2016 First Lego League ACESA Education
Posted by kevinkilzer about 1 years ago  (12/18/2016 9:47 PM)

A First Lego League tournament was held at Hamilton High School (Chandler, AZ) on Saturday, December 17, 2016.  There were 27 teams in the competition.

Some quick shots of the participants....

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2017 Intel Science Fair Call for Judges ACESA Professional
2017 Intel Science Fair Call for Judges ACESA Professional
Posted by kevinkilzer about 1 years ago  (12/18/2016 9:21 PM)

Participate as a Grand Award judge in the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2017 in Los Angeles this May.

Judging activities will start in the afternoon of Tuesday, May 16 and occupy the entirety of Wednesday, May 17. The judge application site is now open for all qualified judges at:

https://apps2.societyforscience.org/judging

If you haven’t judged in the last few years, you will be interested in some of the changes that have helped improve the judging experience and student awards outcome: The old manual “scan cards” are no more. In 2016 the Society for Science & the Public (SSP) introduced a new online score entry system which aided judge deliberations with increased speed and accuracy. Development of this system is continuing. Over the last two years entirely new caucus support software has been developed and continues to be enhanced. Student abstracts will be available for judge access online in advance of the Fair.

We need your service for a full, but rewarding, day and a fraction. All judges check in Tuesday, May 16, between noon and 5:00 pm where they will receive interview assignments and are then allowed into the Exhibit Hall to preview projects without students being present. In separate category-specific rooms, all judges meet over dinner for a training and question-answer period, followed by final project previewing. Interviews with the students will occupy all Wednesday morning and afternoon. Judges then caucus through dinner to determine award winners.

Your participation as a judge is critical to the success of Intel ISEF. Please help us by encouraging your colleagues to also volunteer as judges. Your efforts will be rewarded by your invaluable contribution to identifying the most promising young scientists and engineers in the world.

We hope that you will choose to accept our invitation.

Sincerely,

Christopher M. Gould, Judging Chair, Intel ISEF 2017, ISEF@usc.edu
Lisa Icenroad, Intel ISEF Program Manager, judging@societyforscience.org

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ACESA site reboot ACESA Education
ACESA site reboot ACESA Education
Posted by kevinkilzer about 1 years ago  (11/7/2016 1:28 PM)

The ACESA website has been updated (as you no doubt have noted)!

All good things come to those that wait, and now the wait is over.  ACESA introduces a great destination for STEM and Education news in the Phoenix Valley and the state of Arizona.  For information on how your organization can become an ACESA member and contribute news and announcements, click on the Contact link at the top of the page and get in touch with an ACESA officer!

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VEX Robot Competition season is heating up! ACESA Professional
VEX Robot Competition season is heating up! ACESA Professional
Posted by kevinkilzer about 1 years ago  (10/9/2016 10:33 AM)

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By its nature, the study of competitive robotics not only encompasses all four pillars of STEM education, but also encourages important life skills like teamwork, communication, and project-based organization. The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation exists to bring this exciting experience to students all over the globe through the VEX IQ ChallengeVEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U.

From the VEX site:

Event volunteers are the heart and soul of VEX competitions. We rely on Referees to keep things fair, Emcees to keep things exciting, and Queuers to keep things on schedule! Volunteering at a VEX competition is easy to learn, fun to do, and rewarding for everyone involved. Use the links below to find a local event near you or sign up to volunteer at the VEX World Championship today! Still have questions? Email volunteer@roboticseducation.org to contact our volunteer team.

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2016 Governor's Celebration of Innovation ACESA Professional
2016 Governor's Celebration of Innovation ACESA Professional
Posted by kevinkilzer about 1 years ago  (10/6/2016 8:04 PM)

GCOI is the Arizona Technology Council's (AZTC) annual awards gala in partnership with the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) that honors technology leaders and innovators from across the state. The event is scheduled for the Phoenix Convention Center's West Building on Thursday, November 10, 2016.

Future Innovators of the Year

Kailash Raman
Sandra Day O’Connor High School
Phoenix, AZ
Versatile, Efficient, and Facile Functionalization of Poly(p-phenylene oxide) via Azide-Alkyne “Click” Chemistry

Rahul Ramesh
Hamilton High School
Chandler, AZ
Detection of Plasmodium Falciparum Parasites in Digitized Blood Samples

Aakanksha Saxena
Desert Mountain High School
Scottsdale, AZ
Detection of Secondary Phases in Iron Pyrite (FeS2) Semiconducting Thin Films

McKenna Loop
Arizona College Preparatory - Erie
Chandler, AZ
The Effect of the Algal Extraction Method on the Amount of Crude Lipid Recovered for Economically Feasible Biofuel Production

Innovator Honorable Mentions

Simon Shen
Desert Vista High School
Phoenix, AZ
Single-Cell Motion Characterization System – a New, Automated Tool for High-Throughput Studies of Surface-Bound Bacteria

Akshata Rudrapatna
Hamilton High School
Chandler, AZ
Applying Viral Nanoparticles in a Treatment Vector for Alzheimer’s Disease Using Molecular Dynamics Simulations

 

Teacher of the Year

Christine Sapio, 2016 GCOI Teacher of the Year

Christine Sapio
Coconino High School (link)
Flagstaff, AZ 

  

Teacher Honorable Mentions

Marni Landry
Paradise Valley High School (link)
Phoenix, AZ

Pradip C. Misra (link)
Bagdad High School
Bagdad, AZ 

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