The Tech Museum of Innovation

Our mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone. Our vision is that The Tech Museum, in partnership with others, will invigorate innovation and inspire learning locally, nationally and globally.
Mar 23, 2016

Just one month until the 2016 Tech Challenge!

Example of the 2016 Tech Challenge course
Example of the 2016 Tech Challenge course

We're just one month away from the 2016 Tech Challenge, presented by EMC! This signature event held by The Tech Museum of Innovation challenges students to solve real world problems using engineering. 

As we noted in an earlier report, this year's challenge is flight. Nearly 700 teams of students grades 4-12 -- nearly 3000 kids -- have been busy building up to three gliders and one launcher to deliver a payload to a remote location! Gliders will need to navigate around a pylon (representing a weather system) and over a "mountain" before reaching their final destination and dropping their payload on the target (see course photo above). 

For many students, working in teams can help build confidence if they are uncomfortable with STEM topics. Tech Challenge students work in teams, which allows them to bounce ideas off of each other and build on each other’s mistakes and successes. They also learn how to manage difficult decisions with input from different personalities. That’s a skill that will serve them well in any workplace.

We're currently holding test trials weekends here at The Tech, where our young engineers can test and improve their projects before the main event.

The Tech Challenge will be held on April 23 & 24 at the Tech Museum in San Jose. For more information and volunteer opportunities, visit thetech.org

Mar 22, 2016

Just one month until the 2016 Tech Challenge!

Example of the 2016 Tech Challenge course
Example of the 2016 Tech Challenge course

We're just one month away from the 2016 Tech Challenge, presented by EMC! This signature event held by The Tech Museum of Innovation challenges students to solve real world problems using engineering. 

As we noted in an earlier report, this year's challenge is flight. Nearly 700 teams of students grades 4-12 -- nearly 3000 kids -- have been busy building up to three gliders and one launcher to deliver a payload to a remote location! Gliders will need to navigate around a pylon (representing a weather system) and over a "mountain" before reaching their final destination and dropping their payload on the target (see course photo above). 

For many students, working in teams can help build confidence if they are uncomfortable with STEM topics. Tech Challenge students work in teams, which allows them to bounce ideas off of each other and build on each other’s mistakes and successes. They also learn how to manage difficult decisions with input from different personalities. That’s a skill that will serve them well in any workplace.

We're currently holding test trials weekends here at The Tech, where our young engineers can test and improve their projects before the main event.

The Tech Challenge will be held on April 23 & 24 at the Tech Museum in San Jose. For more information and volunteer opportunities, visit thetech.org

Dec 28, 2015

The 2016 Tech Challenge 2016 is taking flight!

2016 Tech Challenge
2016 Tech Challenge

A signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation, The Tech Challenge is an annual team design challenge for students that introduces and reinforces the science and engineering design process with a hands-on project geared to solving a real-world problem.

The 2016 challenge: Build a glider to deliver supplies to a remote location!
This year, you tell the story! What is your glider carrying? Where are you going? Why?
New award for 2016: Top Tech Challenge story! 
Who: Students in Grades 4-12
What: A team engineering design challenge
Why: To develop creative solutions to a real-world problem
When: Event Days are Saturday, April 23 (Grades 4-6) and Sunday, April 24 (Grades 9-12, Grades 7-8)

Designed to inspire the next generation of Silicon Valley innovators, The Tech Challenge provides months of team learning in science, engineering and math.

The Tech Challenge aligns with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards, while reinforcing 21st-century skills including 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!

  • Three grade levels: elementary, 4-6; middle school, 7-8; high school, 9-12.
  • Participants collaborate in teams of two to six people.
  • Registration fees are $50 for the entire team.
  • Fees waived for Title I schools and after-school programs.
  • Solutions can be created with common, low-cost materials.
  • There are no prequalifying conditions to enter.
  • Special-needs students are encouraged to enter.

The Tech Challenge reinforces scientific concepts students are learning in school and helps develop 21st Century skills of creativity, problem solving, design, teamwork, leadership, risk taking, perseverance, and learning from failure. This try-fail-learn-try-again approach to innovation is quintessential Silicon Valley.

We thank all of our donors for their support of this important program – you have helped make it possible for us to expand the program to meet its increasing demand from our young innovators!  

 

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