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STEM SHOWCASE 2011

competition
Standing room only as a robot attempts to place a tube over the peg. The competition was intense!

crowd
Edge of your seat excitement!

 

dr. lavoie

The STEM Showcase 2011 took place on June 4th 2011 at Cuesta College. It was a fantastic experience for all ages.

Now more than ever we need to support and encourage our young people to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). A systemic and sustainable P-16 pipeline is absolutely essential to successfully compete in the global economy of the 21st Century.

Thanks to all the great presenters, supporters, photographers, sponsors and attendies!"

-- Derrick Lavoie, Ph.D.
Director, Discovery Institute

team work
Cooperative problem solving

AHS roboticsSpecial congratulations to the Greyhounds of Atascadero High School, Team 973, whose star robot "Titan" recently won the First Robotics World Championships! Titan also won the STEM Showcase Robotics Competion against Arroyo Grande and Orcutt Acadmy.

First Robotics Championships FINAL MATCH [HQ]

http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2011/05/05/1590320/atascadero-high-robotics-team.html

http://www.pgecurrents.com/2011/05/02/high-school-team-wins-robot-competition-with-pge-support/


kids amazed
Mezmerizing Demonstrations!

 

This year's participating schools:

  • Arroyo Grande High School              
  • Orcutt Academy
  • Atascadero High School     
  • Templeton Middle School
  • Dana Middle School 
  • Nipomo High School

The Discovery Institute for the Advancement of Science and Technology Education, in partnership with Cuesta College, California Polytechnic State University, and the County Office of Education, hosted the STEM SHOWCASE 2011

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Teacher Jill Southern and the Templeton
Rockety Club blast off. Awesome!!!

rocket club
Some proud members of the Templeton Rocket Club

vex NHS Team
Nipomo High School VEX Team

VEX robots
VEX Robots from Nipomo High School

controllers
Elementary students controlling vex robots

Orcutt Academy
Orcutt Academy Robotics

Eagle Robotics
Eagle Robotics Team

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Dr. Russ Genet

"Telescope Robotics - Building the
World's Largest Portable Telescope"

russ genet

Russell Merle Genet, PhD, is a Research Scholar in Residence at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at Cuesta College, and the Director of the Orion Observatory. Pioneer of the world’s first fully robotic observatory (featured in the PBS special, The Perfect Stargazer, and the 51st President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Russ now teaches astronomy and guides research seminars at Cuesta College, and teaches short courses about the cosmos and humanity for Cal Poly, Cuesta College, and the Orion Institute. He has also authored a dozen books and over 100 scientific papers (see Publications). Russ is designing and building the world's largest portable telescope.

portable telescope

This telescope will be positioned in the narrow, high-speed shadow paths of asteroids and other solar system objects as they occult background stars and the shadow races across the planet at 1000 miles an hour. 

 

STUDENT PRESENTATIONS:

Ross Shaefer
Poster from Templeton High School - Ross Shaefer

 

Dana Elementary
Poster from Dana Elementary School

 

All pictures contributed by guest photographers:
Renee Olshefski and Noelle Menigoz

Hands-On STEM activities provided by Cal Poly Students:
Patty Galindo and Catie Carmody

Snyder Presenting
Jeff Snyder, District Representative for Senator Sam Blakeslee, presented Certificates of Appreciation to all participating students. Sean Murphy of AHS is shown.

pattersonaward
SLO County Supervisor, Jim Patterson (left), presented the Greyhounds (represented by Sean Murphy) with a special award plaque for winning the FIRST World Championship.

happy awardee
Derrick Lavoie and Marco Chang hand out awards
to many happy student participants.

joseph
Joseph Seyedan from Templeton Middle
school receives his award.
He built his own hydrogen car!

AHS Having fun
Here is a bit of a lighter moment

 

STUDENTS RECEIVING CERTFICATES OF APPRECIATION FROM SENATOR SAM BLAKESLEE

Templeton Middle School Dana Elementary School: Orcutt Academy: Nipomo High school: Atascadero High School:
Logan Forbes Cooper
Christopher Stephan Van Harmelen
Nicole Meindl
Emma White
Joseph Seyedan
Cole Henry
Emily Migliazzo
Matt Jangaard
Spencer Edwards
Brendan Humphrey
Eric Sahagun, Jr.
Amy Strader
Camille Lopez-Ambrosio
Jarold Renardo
Megan Minor
Abbey Giuffrida
Anika Lynn Smith
Josef Ramirez
Eloy Diaz
Jeiffer Araujo
Emily Barry
Amy Strader
Tristan Porterfield
Cole Wheedon
Harrison Miller
Mason Souther
Peter McLean
Sam Lees
Nefi Lazalde
Victoria Kaml
Mikkel Sandberg
DJ Llorente Blankenburg
Sean Murph
Marc Stollmeyer
Dustin Wyke

 

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THIS YEAR'S SPONSORS

We extend a special thank you to the following local businesses in SLO who supported
the students presenting at the STEM Showcase this year.


Please help us offer this event next year by making a tax deductible donation to the STEM SHOWCASE 2012


GOLDEN GONG
 
 

 


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LINKS TO PREVIOUS SHOWCASES

STEM SHOWCASE 2010

STEM SHOWCASE 2009

STEM SHOWCASE 2008

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