The Tech Museum of Innovation

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Jan 14, 2015

THE TECH CHALLENGE - SEISMIC ENGINEERING IN ACTION

The Tech Museum of Innovation is excited to announce that, as of mid-December, we already have 227 teams registered for the 2014-15 Tech Challenge! This design-challenge program, for grades 4-12, introduces and reinforces the science and engineering design process with a hands-on project geared to solving a real-world problem. This year’s challenge is “Seismic Engineering in Action!” Our teams of young innovators will spend the next several months designing (and often re-designing, but that is part of the learning process) structures meant to withstand an earthquake.

 And, for the first time, we are partnering with ARM to include the “ARM Video Contest” for our Tech Challenge participants and we cannot wait to see what gets submitted. We are telling teams the following:

  • Every year we receive short videos from teams about their Tech Challenge journey, detailing their process and showing off the cool devices they've built. You guys have inspired us to create the first-ever Tech Challenge Video Contest, sponsored by ARM. Submit a video to share your Tech Challenge experience. Videos may consist of sharing an awesome moment, a cool design, your brainstorming process, an epic fail, or your adventure as a whole. The top 3 videos will receive an award and be played during the Final Event!

 Finally, during our outreach to encourage participation in The Tech Challenge, we took the attached two pictures showing what 5th graders at Decima Allen School in San Bruno built in about 15 minutes. Both structures stood up to a simulated earthquake. Great job!

 The Tech Challenge is open to students in grades 4-12.

  • 3 grade levels: Elementary: 4-6; Middle School: 7-8; High School: 9-12.
  • Participants collaborate in teams of 2 to 6 people.
  • Registration fees are only $50 for the entire team.
  • Fees waived for Title I schools/after-school programs.
  • Solutions can be created with common, low-cost materials.
  • There are no pre-qualifying conditions to enter.
  • Special needs students are encouraged.
Dec 16, 2014

THE TECH CHALLENGE 2015 - SEISMIC ENGINEERING!

Decima Allen School #1
Decima Allen School #1

The Tech Museum of Innovation is excited to announce that, as of mid-December, we already have 227 teams registered for the 2014-15 Tech Challenge! This design-challenge program, for grades 4-12, introduces and reinforces the science and engineering design process with a hands-on project geared to solving a real-world problem. This year’s challenge is “Seismic Engineering in Action!” Our teams of young innovators will spend the next several months designing (and often re-designing, but that is part of the learning process) structures meant to withstand an earthquake.

And, for the first time, we are partnering with ARM to include the “ARM Video Contest” for our Tech Challenge participants and we cannot wait to see what gets submitted. We are telling teams the following:

  • Every year we receive short videos from teams about their Tech Challenge journey, detailing their process and showing off the cool devices they've built. You guys have inspired us to create the first-ever Tech Challenge Video Contest, sponsored by ARM. Submit a video to share your Tech Challenge experience. Videos may consist of sharing an awesome moment, a cool design, your brainstorming process, an epic fail, or your adventure as a whole. The top 3 videos will receive an award and be played during the Final Event!

Finally, during our outreach to encourage participation in The Tech Challenge, we took the attached two pictures showing what 5th graders at Decima Allen School in San Bruno built in about 15 minutes. Both structures stood up to a simulated earthquake. Great job!

The Tech Challenge is open to students in grades 4-12.

  • 3 grade levels: Elementary: 4-6; Middle School: 7-8; High School: 9-12.
  • Participants collaborate in teams of 2 to 6 people.
  • Registration fees are only $50 for the entire team.
  • Fees waived for Title I schools/after-school programs.
  • Solutions can be created with common, low-cost materials.
  • There are no pre-qualifying conditions to enter.
  • Special needs students are encouraged.
Decima Allen School #2
Decima Allen School #2

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Oct 21, 2014

THE TECH CHALLENGE - SEISMIC ENGINEERING IN ACTION

TTC - Oct Photo1
TTC - Oct Photo1

A signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation, The Tech Challenge is an annual team design challenge for students in grades 4-12 that introduces and reinforces the science and engineering design process with a hands-on project geared to solving a real-world problem. Designed to inspire the next generation of Silicon Valley innovators, The Tech Challenge provides months of team learning in science, engineering, and math, culminating in the Event Days scheduled for April 25-26, 2015. Team efforts are celebrated in an awards ceremony, recognizing everything from Best Overall Solution to Sportsmanship.

This year’s challenge is “Seismic Engineering in Action!” Our teams of young innovators will design structures meant to withstand an earthquake. The Tech Challenge is now also part of our museum floor programming, with our Hands-on Science Workshop re-named this year to “Hands-on Seismic Workshop – Building Excitement.” This means that all of our visitors can create structures and test them during their museum visits. We hope this inspires them to create Tech Challenge teams and work together outside of the museum on their designs, then bring them to The Tech for the Challenge weekend next April. We also encourage teams to participate in our monthly Tech Challenge Information Clinics.

The Tech Challenge aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core. It reinforces 21st century skills of creativity, problem solving, design, teamwork, leadership, presentation, risk-taking, perseverance, and learning from failure. This program makes a great experience for classrooms, home schools, after-school programs, extra-credit projects, clubs, or friends!

Open to students in grades 4-12.

  • 3 grade levels: Elementary: 4-6; Middle School: 7-8; High School: 9-12.
  • Participants collaborate in teams of 2 to 6 people.
  • Registration fees are only $50 for the entire team.
  • Fees waived for Title I schools/after-school programs.
  • Solutions can be created with common, low-cost materials.
  • There are no pre-qualifying conditions to enter.
  • Special needs students are encouraged.
TTC - Oct Photo2
TTC - Oct Photo2
TTC - Oct Photo3
TTC - Oct Photo3

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