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by The Tech Museum of Innovation
The 2016 Tech Challenge
The 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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This year's event days for The 28th Annual Tech Challenge - Seismic Engineering in Action, Presented by Cisco were amazing! To give you a better idea of how the 2000 students’ months of hard work paid off during the event days that followed, please watch our three minute video.  You will definitely smile and feel the innovative and inspirational energy of their hands-on, team engineering design experience.

https://youtu.be/mVBXMc1TuXQ

Maybe your school is represented in this year’s winners, from 4th Grade through High School!

4th - 6th Grade

 

Best Overall 1st Place

Tectonic Dudes

Team # 414

Hyde Middle School

 

Best Overall 2nd Place

Endless Potato

Team # 486

 

Best Overall 3rd Place

Kung Fu Penguin

Team # 549

Bullis Charter School

 

Outstanding Engineering Journal

Unbreakables
Team #176
Mission Valley Elementary

Science Monkeys
Team # 74

Building Starz
Team # 70
Alexander Rose School

 

Outstanding Engineering Design Process

The TecTonic Plates

Team # 72

Castilleja

Tech-Tonics

Team # 248

Oak Elementary School

The Tectonic Tortoises

Team # 266

Cousins

 

Outstanding Device Performance

Shaken Not Stirred

Team # 571

Schafer Park Elementary School

Tier Fyre

Team # 468

Madera Elementary School

Team Asian

Team # 608

William Sheppard Middle School

 

Judges Inspiration Award

Presented by Greg Brown

Rambertechies

Team # 295

George Miner Elementary

 

Video Contest: Best Early Video

Presented by ARM

Team Name: Tri-Seismologists

Team: #296

 

Best Teamwork

Zalzala

Team # 548

Stratford School

 

Best Team Safety

Niles Tectonix

Team # 437

Niles Elementary School

 

Best Costume

KLS Construction Warriors

Team # 603

Khan Lab School

 

Best Sportsmanship

Periodic Coffee Tables

Team # 179

St. Martin of Tours

 

Most Creative

The Powerpurrfect Girlz!

Team # 94

Group of Friends

 

Judges Choice 

Evil Gluers

Team # 220

Lincoln Elementary School

 

Judges Choice  

A and K Modern Inventions

Team # 310

Gardner Bullis Elementary

 

Judges Choice 

The Flying Pigs

Team # 240

Charter School of Morgan Hill

 

7th and 8th Grade

Best Overall 1st Place

Power Builders 

Team # 243

Hopkins Junior High School, Gomes Elementary School, Livermore Valley Charter School

 

Best Overall 2nd Place

SJV Impact

Team # 429

St. John Vianney School

 

Best Overall 3rd Place

Cookie

Team # 436

Hyde (Warren E.) Middle School

 

Outstanding Engineering Journal

Technically Challenged

Team # 276

Castilleja School

Quaker Oats

Team # 484

St. John Vianney 

EarthQuacks

Team # 214

St. John Vianney School

 

Outstanding Engineering Design Process

Rubble Rousers

Team # 27

Rancho and Russell Milpitas Middle Schools 

Wind Lords

Team # 231

Warren E. Hyde Middle School

Shock Waves

Team # 304

St. John Vianney School

 

Outstanding Device Performance

The Quakers

Team # 479

Shockwave!

Team # 246

Magnolia Science Academy

The Shockwaves

Team # 465

 

Judges Inspiration Award

Presented by Greg Brown

The Ring of Fire

Team #661

Homeschool

 

Video Contest 1st Place

Presented by ARM

Team Name: EarthQuacks

Team #214

School: St. John Vianney

 

Video Contest 2nd Place

Presented by ARM

Team Name: Rijnorponex

Team #224

School: Ocean Grove Charter School-Homeschool

 

Best Teamwork

MMs

Team # 228

Discovery Charter School

 

Best Team Safety

{Bad Pun about Earthquakes}

Team # 274

Synapse School

 

Best Costume

TMNT Engineering Squad

Team # 103

Centerville Junior High School

 

Best Sportsmanship

Bad News Bears

Team # 186

St. Martin of Tours

 

Most Creative

Wild Makers

Team # 536

Boys Girls Club of the Peninsula

 

Judges Choice 

Chowmein Ninjas

Team # 127

Peterson Middle School

 

Judges Choice 

The Traffic Cones

Team # 203

St. Joseph of Cupertino Elementary School

 

Judges Choice 

iSolve

Team # 359

 

High School

Best Overall 1st Place

Half Moon Bae

Team # 478

Cupertino High School

 

Best Overall 2nd Place

Girls on Fire

Team # 21

Christa McAuliffe Alums at Monta Vista, Lynbrook and Cupertino High School

 

Best Overall 3rd Place

Quake Busters

Team # 481

Lynbrook High School

 

Outstanding Engineering Journal

Capricakes

Team # 626

Cupertino High School and Lynbrook High School

 

Terraemotus Vici

Team # 565

Carlmont High School

Quake Busters

Team # 481

Lynbrook High School

 

Outstanding Engineering Design Process

Seismic Xperts

Team # 405

Cupertino High School

 

Nihil & Co.

Team # 728

Monta Vista High School

Zero K

Team # 302

Cupertino High School

 

Outstanding Device Performance

Riff’s Raffs

Team # 408

Cupertino High School

 

Kh(Anh)

Team # 663

Oak Grove High School

H2Owned

Team # 551

Cupertino High School

 

Judges Inspiration Award

Presented by Greg Brown

The Fault Liners

Team # 221

Saratoga High School

 

Best Teamwork

Stress

Team # 494

Cupertino High School

 

Best Team Safety

Mischief Managed

Team # 346

Cupertino High School

 

Best Costume

Duct Tape Towers

Team # 298

Boy Scouts of America

 

Best Sportsmanship

Groundbreakers

Team # 435

Cupertino High School

 

Most Creative

Team Tactical Techtonic Tickles

Team # 321

Wilcox High School

 

Judges Choice 

The San Andreas Faultliners

Team # 623

Cupertino High School

 

Judges Choice 

Seismic Survivors

Team # 5

Milpitas High School

 

Judges Choice

The Quakers

Team # 547

Cupertino High School

Thank you so much for your support of this signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation!

Yes!!!
Yes!!!

In April, we saw more than 2,000 students from every corner of our community exhibit teamwork, ingenuity, and resilience in front of crowds of cheering friends and families at the 28th Annual The Tech Challenge, presented by Cisco.

Each year The Tech Challenge invites youths from across Northern California to engage in a hands-on team engineering design challenge to solve a real-world problem. This year's challenge pushed students to use extraordinary ingenuity and innovation when they were asked to design a six-foot building, weighing 7 pounds or less, that could withstand an earthquake.

A future in which these kids use their skills to solve the world’s great challenges is a bright one indeed!  

By the way, next year's challenge will involve flight!  Some clubs and schools are already teaching flight concepts in preparation for the 29th Annual The Tech Challenge.

We thank you so much for your support and allowing us to create an environment where we can inspire the innovator in everyone.

Prep
Prep
What happened?
What happened?
Failure leads to victory
Failure leads to victory
Wolves
Wolves
Unique
Unique

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The Tech Challenge Test Trial
The Tech Challenge Test Trial
The Tech Challenge 2015 - "Seismic Engineering in Action"

In April we will hold our annual student team event called, The Tech Challenge. For this year’s event, “Seismic Engineering in Action,” thousands of young people will learn creativity, teamwork, patience, leadership, risk-taking, problem solving, perseverance, and presentation skills through the process of designing a structure together that will withstand an earthquake – particularly important in our region of course.   Feel free to join us on April 25th and 26th to witness the culmination of months of work by these young innovators at our 28th Tech Challenge event days. 

The first Test Trials were last Saturday, February 28th. We had 40 teams attend, up from 9 last year. We hope to have 30-40 teams this Saturday, March 7th as well.
Teams registered: 510
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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The Tech Museum of Innovation

Location: San Jose, CA - USA
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San Jose, CA United States