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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.

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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.

Monthly Math Challenge

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

TSA members, put your math skills to the test with a monthly math challenge. The challenges began in November 2013 and continue through March 2014. Brain-teasing math problems will be posted at http://teams.tsaweb.org/math-challenge. If you can figure out the math problems you will be eligible to be entered into a monthly drawing.

Who: Middle/junior high and high school TSA members

What: TEAMS Monthly Math Challenge

When: November 2013 through March 2014

Why: To prepare for the 2014 TEAMS competition1.

How: Submit your answer to the Monthly Math Challenge following the instructions at http://teams.tsaweb.org/math-challenge. Coaches will be notified by return email if their student’s answers are correct and those names will automatically be entered in the drawing for that month.

Prize: Only students on teams with an active registration for the 2014 TEAMS competition will be placed in the drawing. Each winner will receive a $25 gift card.

TEAMS: Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science

If you are not a member of TSA and would like to become a member, talk to your school counselor to get connected with the TSA advisor in your school.

 

1 The 2014 TEAMS competition is based on the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge. The 2014 theme is: “Engineering Tomorrow’s Cities” to restore and improve urban infrastructure. At the competition, students will address engineering challenges in areas such as transportation, green space, and fresh water supply.

Utah Students Place in the Top Ten at TSA National Conference

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

On June 28 through July 2, more than 5,500 people from across the country attended the 2013 TSA National Conference in Orlando, Florida, including 91 Utah TSA student members and 42 Utah TSA advisors and parents.

From animatronics to digital video production to VEX robotics, Utah TSA middle and high school student members excelled as they competed against their peers in 58 technology-based competitive events. Congratulations to the 43 Utah TSA student members who placed in the top 10 in 22 competitive events. Each event was based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects.

View list of Utah TSA national competition winners. The top ten finalists were given a “Finalist Pin” and the top 3 were awarded at trophy.

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Students to Compete at TSA National Leadership Conference

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

TSA student members are arriving in Orlando, Florida to attend the 35th TSA National Leadership Conference that will begin tomorrow, Friday, June 28 and continue through Tuesday, July 2. During this annual conference middle and high school TSA members will compete in over 60 technology based competitive events. These events are based on principles and concepts learned through projects during the school year in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects. Leadership training and special interest sessions will also be held during the conference. Approximately 5,000 TSA members from across the country are expected to attend.

> Middle School Competitive Event Schedule
> High School Competitive Event Schedule

View: Conference Program

 TSA: A Tradition of Excellence

Herriman High School Students Work in a SmartLab

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

By Kim Durfee
Technology and Engineering Teacher and TSA Advisor at Herriman High School

Have you ever had an idea that would make a task easier? What can a talented and motivated learner achieve in a true 21st century learning environment? How about creating a mechanical prosthetic hand for his niece? Tanner Day, a senior at Herriman High School, will tell you that all he needed was the right idea, the right resources and a place in his school where he was free to be creative and express his passion for building things. Tanner and many other students find this perfect combination within the SmartLab. In Tanner’s case, having a supportive mentor/SmartLab facilitator to encourage him and a beautiful little niece for inspiration didn’t hurt.

In my 30 plus years of teaching, the most rewarding years have been the last 20 as a SmartLab facilitator watching kids achieve more than they ever imaged they could. Every year we have students like Tanner who catch on fire with an inspiring project idea that causes them to stretch and grow in ways that makes you proud to be a part of their growing experience. We can motive and inspire hundreds students like Tanner by providing them with access to state of the art technology, equipment, curriculum and the space and freedom to be creative. I have personally watched my SmartLab students and many others in SmartLabs all around the country, develop engineering skills, but more importantly the 21st century learning skills they need to be career and college ready. Whether it’s a TSA robotics competition championship or one of my students taking first place at the Utah Film Festival, the method, the story of how they got there is the same…student-centered, project based learning. SmartLabs are 21st century learning environments, custom designed and supported by Creative Learning Systems.

Read the success stories of Tanner Day and other Herriman High School students:
> 3-year-old’s uncle builds prosthetic hand
> Herriman High TSA highlights

See what other SmartLab students from around the country are doing at Student Project Showcase.

Nationally, engineering is the second largest of all professions. According to the Utah Department of Workforce Services, by the year 2020 Utah’s workforce is expected to include a total of 25,670 people working as engineers, drafters, engineering technicians, and mapping technicians.

The Technology Student Association (TSA) is the only student organization dedicated exclusively to students enrolled in Technology and Engineering classes in grades 7-12. TSA fosters personal growth, leadership training, career development, teamwork, community service, competitive events, and student recognition to supplement the curriculum in Technology and Engineering. To become a member of Utah TSA contact the TSA advisor in your school.

If you have an idea that would make a task easier and would like to participate in a Technology and Engineering Pathway talk to your school counselor. Your school counselor can assist you with registering for a Career and Technical Education class in the Technology and Engineering Pathway that will give you the opportunity to work in a SmartLab.