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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 2 months 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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2017 Intel Science Fair Call for Judges ACESA Professional
2017 Intel Science Fair Call for Judges ACESA Professional
Posted by kevinkilzer about 4 months 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:

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.


Christopher M. Gould, Judging Chair, Intel ISEF 2017,
Lisa Icenroad, Intel ISEF Program Manager,

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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 6 months ago  (10/9/2016 10:33 AM)


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 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 6 months 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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