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Update: FIRST Robotics Competition

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

FIRST 2014-1Congratulations to Annie Yun and Jacob Fishman who qualified to advance to the 2015 National FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis, MO on April 22-25, 2015. The FIRST Championship is the culmination of the season’s FIRST programs, bringing together robotics competitions for the ultimate Sport for the Mind™. Teams will compete for scholarships ranging from a one-time award of $500 to full four-year tuition.

FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award
Annie Yun

Team 3006 – Red Rock Robotics – Salt Lake City, UT
Jacob Fishman
Team 3245 – The Ravens – Sandy, UT

Team 3239—Birds of Prey of Layton, Utah received the Industrial Safety Award. Although the team will not be advancing to national competition, the award they received celebrates their progress in the competition, beyond safety fundamentals, by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards. Congratulations!

Related Stories:
High School Students Compete in Regional Robotics Competition in Salt Lake City
Robots and Their Child Overlords Invade Utah for a Day
Robotics Competition Inspires Future Engineers
Teams Compete to See Who Can Build the Fastest Robot

Save the Date: FIRST Robotics Competition

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

American Fork_TE_IMG_3467Plan now to attend the 2015 Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition March 13-14 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The FIRST Robotics Competition is called a “Varsity Sport for the Mind®” and has all of the excitement and stakes of a high school championship sports tournament. Forty-three teams from 11 states and Canada will compete for worldwide recognition and a chance to win over $20 million in college scholarships.

Under strict rules, limited resources, and tight time limits, teams of 25 students are challenged to raise funds, design a team brand, hone teamwork skills, build and program a robot to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.

This year’s FIRST Robotics game is called “Recycle Rush” and is played by two alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by staking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season.

Who: 43 teams from 11 states and Canada

What: Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition – Grades 9-12

Where: Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah

When: Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14

A live stream of the competition can be watched on YouTube HERE.

Engineering for You Video Contest

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Milford_TE_IMG_4456Throughout history, engineering has advanced civilization from the way we connect with each other, to the way we heal, to how we get around, and simply have fun. But society still faces major obstacles. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has outlined 14 game-changing opportunities for the 21st century called the Grand Challenges for Engineering and they want YOU to create and submit a 1-2 minute video that shows how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world!

Who: The competition is open to all individuals or teams in four competition categories.
> Middle school students and younger (grades K-8)
> High school students (grades 9-12)
> Postsecondary students (2-year college through graduate school)
> General public

What: Create and submit a 1-2 minute video focused on one or more of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.

When: Competition opened Monday, January 5, 2015 and continues through Monday, March 2, 2015.

Why: Show how achieving one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering will lead to a more sustainable, healthy, secure, and/or joyous world.

How: Select at least one of the 14 NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering and create a 1-2 minutes video showing how engineering will create a more sustainable, healthy, secure and/or joyous world in the future.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, March 2, 2015 by 12 pm eastern standard time.

Winners will be announced in September 2015
Grand Prize: $25,000
People’s Choice Award: $5,000
Other Prizes: The top videos in each competition category are eligible for a prize of up to $5,000.

For more information: http://www.nae.edu/e4u2/

 

Utah TSA Members Excel at National Conference

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Last month, Utah TSA (Technology Student Association) student members traveled to Washington D.C. to attend the 2014 National TSA Conference. At the conference, students participated in 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. TSA positively impacts the lives of junior high and high school students.

At the conference, TSA recognized the top 10 finalist in each event and awarded trophies to the top three. Wasatch Junior High School, in Granite School District, under the direction of Career and Technical Education teacher and TSA advisor, Tony Bryrom, received top 10 honors in 6 of 32 events they competed. “I am so proud of my students. All 12 of them made the top ten in at least one event. One of my students made the top ten 5 times. They have all caught the TSA bug and plan to make TSA strong in the high school next year.”

Other Utah junior highs that received honors were Lehi, Oak Canyon, and Millcreek Junior High Schools. Utah high school students were recognized as top-10 finalist in 11 of 36 events.  Utah received top 3 trophies in the following 6 events:

FIRST PLACE
Computer Numeric Control
Andrew Davis and Dallin Miner (Mountain View High School)

Manufacturing Prototype
Colin Gubler, Katelyn Young, Bethany Jorgensen,
Morgan Maxfield, Jonathon Young,
and Aubrey Wheelwright
 (Pleasant Grove High School)

On Demand Video
Hillcrest High School

SECOND PLACE
Photographic Technology
Tanaysia Pierce (InTech Collegiate High School)

System Control Technology
Christian Davidson, Cole Olsen,
and Jacob Winder (American Fork High School)

THIRD PLACE
CAD 3D Engineering
Shardul Kamat (Jordan Applied Technology Center)

Other high schools recognized as top-10 finalists were: Jordan Applied Technology Center, Lehi, Hillcrest, Bingham, Layton, and NUAMES High Schools.

“Congratulations to our excellent Technology and Engineering teachers that go the extra mile for their students,” says Darrell Andelin, Technology and Engineering specialist at the Utah State Office of Education.

HERE is the list of contest results.

WATCH a video highlighting the scope of TSA educational programs and competitive events.

Wasatch Junior High School students

Utah TSA Student Members to Compete at National Conference

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Utah TSA student members are arriving in Washington, DC to attend the 2014 National TSA Conference. Middle/junior high and high school student members will compete in more than 60 competitive events based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.

View Conference Program
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SkillsUSA on Twitter #NatTSA2k14
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SkillsUSA on Facebook #NatTSA2k14

View the list of Utah state winners. The first place winner from each category is in Washington, DC to compete at the TSA 2014 National Leadership Conference.

 TSA: A Tradition of Excellence

“The 2013-2014 national officers and I wish you the best of luck and thank you for all of your efforts. Without your devotion, TSA would not be as special as it is. Go forth and be the best in your competitions, learn, make some memories and have fun,” says Sanjay Koduvalli, National TSA President.

2014 Milford Renewable Energy Fair

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Last month, Milford High School hosted the 6th Annual SUTREC Energy Fair on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. This Fair has become an annual event, coordinated by Andy Swapp, Career and Technical Education Technology and Engineering teacher, and the Southwest Utah Renewable Energy Center (SUTREC). The Renewable Energy Fair is a gathering of Utah renewable energy industries, government representatives, and local schools. Students typically come from southern Utah locations, with occasional participation by northern schools.

The Milford High School gymnasium was filled with energy displays and hands-on activities. Outside were additional activities, vintage cars, solar cooking demonstrations, and the annual electric vehicle race around the football field. This year the race included five cars representing Beaver, Milford, and Delta High Schools. Each student-build electric vehicle is challenged to travel as many laps as possible around the track on a single 12 volt car battery in one hour. This is a race of electrical endurance, not necessarily speed. Miss Utah—Ciera Pekarcik—presented the 1st Place Award to Delta High School, whose driver was Morgan Cropper. Miss Utah was also present for the Industry Luncheon hosted by the Milford Lions Club.

Southern Utah is a hotbed of renewable energy production with huge wind farms, solar energy collection, geothermal, hydropower, and bio-mass. “We have a mecca of renewable energy within a 50 mile radius. Talk about an education goldmine and a development goldmine,” says Andy Swapp.

Don’t miss next year’s Renewable Energy Fair, which is typically held in April.

Related news stories:
Milford Energy Fair Hosts State Officials – The Spectrum
Utah Business Leaders Tour Renewable Energy Sites – Fox 13 News Utah
Milford Renewable Energy Fair – Narrated by Terry Wood for the County Seat.

 

Meet Calvin Hill: Future Drafting Design Technician

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

“My personal goal is to obtain an associate of science degree in pre-engineering with an emphasis in drafting technology. After obtaining this degree I will work as an engineering technician for a mechanical engineering company, providing the necessary drafting of the designs needed to produce the product efficiently and accurately.

“My training in CTE courses in high school prepared me for life after high school by helping me discover my love of drafting. I discovered that my desire to utilize my computer skills and my need for things to be ‘just perfect’ were best focused in the area of drafting design. I also learned that this was a viable career to which I could aspire. I also discovered the need for drafters in the world of engineering. I focused my CTE Pathway toward this career goal, and have taken some advanced drafting classes at the local Applied Technology College to improve both my knowledge of the field and my employability in the field.”

Calvin Hill
InTech Collegiate High School

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Calvin Hill
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

UtahCTE.org congratulates Calvin Hill on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to USU Eastern—Price. Calvin was one of 96 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards  banquet on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

Save the Date: 2014 Renewable Energy Fair

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Plan now to attend an electrifying event on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Milford High School in Milford, Utah. For the sixth year in a row, Milford High School is hosting the Renewable Energy Fair where you will learn about renewable energy, the science behind it, its uses, and viability.

Milford is surrounded by large scale commercially produced renewable energy, where students use renewable energy at the school every day. The Fair explains how renewable energy is used and why it is important. The Fair will showcase the resources that make large scale production possible.

Andy Swapp, CTE teacher at Milford High School and founder of the Southwest Utah Renewable Energy Center, is passionate about renewable energy and the future of his students. “I want my students to become critical independent thinkers. I also want them to have fun learning! There’s something about creating your own power that is very exciting and – pardon the pun – empowering! Renewable energy allows students to put into action the math, science, and technology that they have accumulated in their high school career. The Renewable Energy Fair is a place to see what advances are taking place, network, and dream about your sustainable future.”

The culminating event at the Fair is an electric car endurance race. High School teams bring electric cars they have built and race for one hour. The car with the best endurance is awarded a trophy. Last year, Delta High School was awarded the first place trophy for their achievement in building a car that ran on renewable energy.

The Milford High School Renewable Energy class helps host the Fair every year and is an integral part of the Southwest Utah Renewable Energy Center. “The leadership acquired at this event is a learning and growing experience like no other. No matter how dark and dreary the news may get we have a bright future!” says Andy.

Who: Utah middle/junior high and high schools, postsecondary institutions, and the general public

What: 6th Annual Renewable Energy Fair

When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Milford High School– 62 North 300 West – Milford, Utah

Why: Learn about renewable energy, the science behind it, its uses, siting, installation, and viability.

Events:
> Opening Ceremony
Miss Utah, Ciera Pekarcik, and a local radio personality from the Rob and Dez B92.1 Morning Show will MC the event.
> Renewable Energy 101 breakout sessions
> Industry vendor booths
> Electric Car Endurance Race

Questions: Contact Andy Swapp at 435-387-2751 or andy.swapp@beaver.k12.ut.us

Related videos:
> The County Seat –Discussing Renewable Energy
>
American Wind Power – Clean. Affordable. Homegrown.
>
Firstwind Milford

CTE Students Excel at the 2014 Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition

Friday, April 4th, 2014

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Competition began in 1992 with 28 teams and has grown to hundreds of teams, with approximately 250,000 high school students competing in regional competitions throughout the world.

The goal is to model a business-like environment to create a product, the robot. FIRST provides each competing high school team with a common kit of robotic parts that weigh up to 150 pounds. Each team spends six weeks engineering a robot to solve a unique yearly challenge. In addition to using math, science, and engineering skills, this experience teaches students to be creative, to work as a team, use critical thinking and problem solving, manage projects, market themselves and their robot, troubleshoot issues, and manage their time in a real-world type setting.

This year, 99 FIRST Regional Competitions took place: 93 in the U.S., 4 in Canada, 1 in Mexico, and 1 in Israel. Each regional competition is an exhibition and celebration of the talents of many bright and creative high school students. Last month, the 2014 Utah Regional FIRST Robotic Competition took place at the Maverick Center in West Valley City, Utah and included 49 teams: Canada (1), Arizona (1), California (4), Colorado (7), Hawaii (1), Idaho (9), Montana (1), New Mexico (1), Utah (22), and Wyoming (2). There was a variety of Utah educational groups represented: 13 public schools, 5 charter schools, 2 private schools, and 2 community groups. The 22 Utah teams were sponsored by an assortment of STEM programs: 14 teams were CTE programs in Engineering, Robotics, Electronics, and Multimedia; 6 were Math and Science, 1 Computer Programming, and 1 community 4H Engineering group.

Foreground: blue robot – Boise High School (#2122 Team Tators)
Background: red robots – left to right
Juan Diego High School (#3289 Soaring Eagles); Granger High School (#5345 BOLTS)
Brighton High School (#5159 Bengal Robotics)

Congratulations to the four Utah teams who won regional awards: Brighton High School (#5159 Bengal Robotics), Hillcrest High School (#4585 Husky Robotics), InTech Collegiate High (#2993 InTech MegaBots), and Utah State University (#3230 Prototype X). At the competition the Colorado Springs team (#2996 Cougars Gone Wired) selected the Granite Technical Institute team (#3139 The Wingnuts) to combine with them in the paired competition. This duo won the competitive portion of the competition and advances to the national FIRST Robotics Championship.

The 2014 FIRST Championship will be held April 23-26 in St. Louis, Missouri. The FIRST Championship is the culmination of the season’s FIRST programs, bringing together robotics competitions for the ultimate Sport for the Mind™. Teams will compete for scholarships ranging from a one-time award of $500 to full four-year tuition (estimated at $160,000).

FIRST Robotics is a high-tech spectator event which combines the excitement of sports with science and technology. “Our mission is to show students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all,” says Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST and Inventor of the Segway.

WATCH the video of the 2014 FIRST Game Animation – Aerial Assist
VIEW
the list of winners and participants

Related articles:
First Robotics Competition
Students to compete in robot competition at Maverick Center
Students put tech to the test in robotics competition
Photos: Student take part in robotics competition
Robotics contest draws teen engineers from Utah and beyond

STEM Education: The Way it Was Meant to Be

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

A team of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Technology and Engineering students at Layton High School, in Davis School District, have implemented their STEM education experience in perfect fashion. Victoria Alvizurez, Christopher Erickson, Lauren Scarlet, Tyler Stevens, Rebecca Stromberg, and Danielle Taylor were given the task of identifying an actual societal need. Then, through the use of the knowledge and skills gained in their collective STEM classes, their task was to meet that challenge.

As part of the Ability One Design Challenge, the student team decided to assist persons with significant disabilities to achieve their maximum employment potential. Guided by adept, intuitive instructors, and coupled with Pioneer Adult Rehabilitation Center (PARC) they were able to assist employees in increasing productivity by creating a “Truss Assembly Assistor.”

The student team produced the video below showing the mechanics of the “Truss Assembly Assistor” and how it made a difference in the ease of assembling the truss and increased productivity for the PARC employees.

If you’re inquisitive, are good at figuring out how things work and applying physics to solve problems, consider a career in engineering. Talk to your school counselor about registering for a course in one of the two CTE Technology and Engineering Education Pathways.