January/February 2018 – Vol. 31 No. 2

Clean Tech Competition Announces 2011-2012 Finalists and Grand Prize Winning Teams

Posted: Sunday, April 1st, 2012

ARLINGTON, Va., Mar 20, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Applied Materials, Inc., in collaboration with the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), today announced the grand prize winning teams and finalists in the first-ever Clean Tech Competition student challenge, presented by Applied Materials. The competition, a collaborative student design contest developed to inspire the next generation of leaders and innovators in the field of clean technology, immerses high school students in real-world challenges that illustrate the powerful potential of clean technology to address problems that confront humanity.

“The Clean Tech Competition provides students with the opportunity to understand and appreciate the collaborative nature of today’s innovation process, while illustrating the global need for clean tech solutions,” said Om Nalamasu, chief technology officer of Applied Materials and corporate champion of the Clean Tech Competition. “The Competition aligns with Applied’s dedication to technological innovation and scaling clean tech solutions to complex problems, while demonstrating Applied’s commitment to making a positive contribution in the communities where our employees work and live.”

The competition involved students, ages 13-18, from two global centers of innovation, the San Francisco Bay Area in California, and Xi’an, China. This year’s challenge posed to students was “Solar Solutions to the Rescue.” Teams of students, under the guidance of their teacher or other adult team leader, designed a solar-powered solution to a basic human need identified in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Participants identified a situation, explored the issue and then presented their clean tech solution to a panel of industry and education experts for judging. One grand prize winning team, two second place teams, three third place teams and four finalists were then selected from each region.

“The Clean Tech Competition not only encourages students to be both creative and scientific, but also requires them to think critically while developing innovative sustainable solutions to some of the world’s most challenging issues,” said Dr. Francis Eberle, Executive Director of NSTA. “We congratulate the winners and finalists and commend all of the teachers, team leaders and mentors for engaging and empowering their students to make a real difference in the world around them.”

Project entries submitted by student teams ranged from a tracking system to locate victims swept away by a tsunami or flood to a light-weight, chemically-active filtration mask that utilizes solar and battery power to reduce the risk of developing respiratory problems from overexposure to volcanic ash. Other projects included a solar-powered reverse osmosis water supply system and an emergency communication station that can direct search and rescue teams to a trapped person’s precise location after an earthquake.

The grand prize winning team in each region won $6,000 in cash prizes for their enrichment and education. Second place teams won $3,000, third place teams won $1,000 and the four finalist teams from each region won $500. All 20 team leaders received a $500 cash prize.

The 10 San Francisco/Bay Area, California Finalists are:
Finalist – Jonathon Russo and Matthew Malone
Coach: Allister Chang
Willow Glen High School, San Jose, Calif.
Project: L.A.T.S. (Location Awareness & Tracking System)

Finalist – Lillian Chu, Marian Chu and Joshua Tsuei
Coach: Lisa Cochrum
Mentor: Ken Chu
Saratoga High School, Saratoga, Calif.
Project: How to Keep Food Fresh After an Earthquake

Finalist – Kadhir Manickam and Christopher Oh
Coach: Renee Fallon
Mentor: Suketo Parikh
Monta Vista High School, Cupertino, Calif.
Project: The Facio

Finalist – Ray Chen, Catherine Nguyen and Margaret Qian
Coach: Bakari Holmes
Mentor: Hemant Mungekar
Gunn High School, Palo Alto, Calif.
Project: Earthquake Emergency Communication System (EECS)

Finalist – Linxuan Fang, Samir Ghosh and Jaxon Welsh
Coach: Bakari Holmes
Mentor: Darshini Desai
Gunn High School, Palo Alto, Calif.
Project: Project Sizzle

Finalist – Eric Linxie, Anthony Lim, Kenny Wibowo and Eric Lee
Coach: Robert Jackson
Mentor: Daniel Handjojo
Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon Calif.
Project: Solar Cube Battery

Finalist – Maya Sathaye, Shelby Rorabaugh and Lorraine Wong
Coach: Smriti Koodanjeri
Mentor: Martin Gothberg
The Harker School, San Jose Calif.
Project: A Solar Alternative to Charge Electric Wheelchairs

Finalist – Mary Gong and Surabhi Madhvapathy
Coach: Ram Narayanan
Mentor: Michael Stewart
Leland High School, San Jose, Calif.
Project: Solar Mask

Finalist – Yuzhang Chen and Aditya Gande
Coach: Daniel Stavis
Mentor: Sushil Padiyar
Cupertino High School, Cupertino, Calif.
Project: FRED (Flood Relief Emergency Device)

Finalist – John Zhao, Melody Hsu and Jun Chang
Coach: Daniel Stavis
Mentor: Robert Visser
Cupertino High School, Cupertino, Calif.
Project: H2Oasis

The 10 Xi’an, China Finalists are:
Finalist – Liu Shuaiqi, Bai Tianyang, Chen Shiyin, Zhang Xiyao
Team Leader: Gong Shaohua
School: Xi’an Tie Yi High School
Project: Solar-Powered Airship Emergency Rescue and Disaster Relief Schemes

Finalist – Lu Qiangsheng, Zhang Yaodong, Wang Zhizheng, Chen Qingyuan
Team Leader: Liu Quanming
School: The High School Affiliated to Xian Jiaotong University
Project: Multifunctional Flood Mitigation System

Finalist – Wang Huicheng, Lv Wentao, Li Zhuoyan, Wang Guowei
Team Leader: Qiang Zhike
School: Xi’an Tie Yi Middle School
Project: Parasol-Shaped Portable Solar Emergency Distiller

Finalist – Liu Yifeng, Yang Fan
Team Leader: Liu Quanming
School: The High School Affiliated to Xian Jiaotong University
Project: Solar Energy System of Prefabricated House

Finalist – Jia Bingxin, Yang Peilin, Liu Yundong, Jiang Shenghui
Team Leader: Gao Yuan
School: Middle School Affiliated to Northwest University
Project: Solar energy applications for earthquake relief

Finalist – Guo Yushuai, Zhang Tongrui, Guo Rongxin
Team Leader: Gao Yuan
School: Middle School Affiliated to Northwest University
Project: The Scheme for Solar Mobile Phone Relief

Finalist – Dang Shuxuan, Zhang Zhong, Li Wei
Team Leader: Cai Min
School: Xi’an Tie Yi Middle School
Project: Portable Machine Providing Emergency Food By Algae

Finalist – Wang Shiqi, Wang Yutian, Zhao Runhan
Team Leader: Cai Min
School: Xi’an Tie Yi Middle School
Project: Medical solar portable x-ray viewer used after earthquakes

Finalist – Zhao Pu, Zhang Jiameng, Zhang Mengdi
Team Leader: Han Lei
School: Xi’an Tie Yi Middle School
Project: Dual phase Waste Water Purifier

Finalist – Cheng Yuhan, Guo Zhaoqi, Yang Yihao
Team Leader: Dang Yali
School: Xi’an Gao Xin No.1 High School
Project: A Brief Script of the Solar Amphibious Tent

For more information about the Clean Tech Competition, visit www.cleantechcompetition.org .

About Applied Materials

Applied Materials, Inc. AMAT +0.16% is the global leader in providing innovative equipment, services and software to enable the manufacture of advanced semiconductor, flat panel display and solar photovoltaic products. Our technologies help make innovations like smartphones, flat screen TVs and solar panels more affordable and accessible to consumers and businesses around the world. At Applied Materials, we turn today’s innovations into the industries of tomorrow. Learn more at www.appliedmaterials.com

About NSTA

The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership includes approximately 60,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in science education. www.nsta.org

SOURCE: National Science Teachers Association and Applied Materials, Inc.

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Accelerating into NGSS – A Statewide Rollout Series Now Accepting Registrations

Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018

Are you feeling behind on the implementation of NGSS? Then Accelerating into NGSS – the Statewide Rollout event – is right for you!

If you have not experienced Phases 1-4 of the Statewide Rollout, or are feeling behind with the implementation of NGSS, the Accelerating Into NGSS Statewide Rollout will provide you with the greatest hits from Phases 1-4!

Accelerating Into NGSS Statewide Rollout is a two-day training geared toward grade K-12 academic coaches, administrators, curriculum leads, and teacher leaders. Check-in for the two-day rollout begins at 7:30 a.m., followed by a continental breakfast. Sessions run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. on Day One and from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Day Two.

Cost of training is $250 per attendee. Fee includes all materials, continental breakfast, and lunch on both days. It is recommended that districts send teams of four to six, which include at least one administrator. Payment can be made by check or credit card. If paying by check, registration is NOT complete until payment has been received. All payments must be received prior to the Rollout location date you are attending. Paying by credit card secures your seat at time of registration. No purchase orders accepted. No participant cancellation refunds.

For questions or more information, please contact Amy Kennedy at akennedy@sjcoe.net or (209) 468-9027.



MARCH 28-29, 2018
Host: San Mateo County Office of Education
Location: San Mateo County Office of Education, Redwood City

APRIL 10-11, 2018
Host: Orange County Office of Education
Location: Brandman University, Irvine

MAY 1-2, 2018
Host: Tulare County Office of Education
Location: Tulare County Office of Education, Visalia

MAY 3-4, 2018
Host: San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools
Location: West End Educational Service Center, Rancho Cucamonga

MAY 7-8, 2018
Host: Sacramento County Office of Education
Location: Sacramento County Office of Education Conference Center and David P. Meaney Education Center, Mather

JUNE 14-15, 2018
Host: Imperial County Office of Education
Location: Imperial Valley College, Imperial

Presented by the California Department of Education, California County Superintendents Educational Services Association/County Offices of Education, K-12 Alliance @WestEd, California Science Project, and the California Science Teachers Association.

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

The Teaching and Learning Collaborative, Reflections from an Administrator

Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018

by Kelly Patchen

My name is Mrs. Kelly Patchen, and I am proud to be an elementary assistant principal working in the Tracy Unified School District (TUSD) at Louis Bohn and McKinley Elementary Schools. Each of the schools I support are Title I K-5 schools with about 450 students, a diverse student population, a high percentage of English Language Learners, and students living in poverty. We’re also lucky to be part of the CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative with the K-12 Alliance. Learn More…

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In 2015 CSTA began to publish a series of articles written by teachers participating in the California NGSS k-8 Early Implementation Initiative. This article was written by an educator(s) participating in the initiative. CSTA thanks them for their contributions and for sharing their experience with the science teaching community.

2018 CSTA Conference Call for Proposals

Posted: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

CSTA is pleased to announce that we are now accepting proposals for 90-minute workshops and three- and six-hour short courses for the 2018 California Science Education Conference. Workshops and short courses make up the bulk of the content and professional learning opportunities available at the conference. In recognition of their contribution, members who present a workshop or short course receive 50% off of their registration fees. Click for more information regarding proposals, or submit one today by following the links below.

Short Course Proposal

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

CSTA’s New Administrator Facebook Group Page

Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2018

by Holly Steele

The California Science Teachers Association’s mission is to promote high-quality science education, and one of the best practice’s we use to fulfill that mission is through the use of our Facebook group pages. CSTA hosts several closed and moderated Facebook group pages for specific grade levels, (Elementary, Middle, and High School), pages for district coaches and science education faculty, and the official CSTA Facebook page. These pages serve as an online resource for teachers and coaches to exchange teaching methods, materials, staying update on science events in California and asking questions. CSTA is happy to announce the creation of a 6th group page called, California Administrators Supporting Science. Learn More…

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Find Your Reason to Engage

Posted: Monday, January 15th, 2018

by Jill Grace

I was recently reflecting on events in the news and remembered that several years ago, National Public Radio had a story about a man named Stéphane Hessel, a World War II French resistance fighter, Nazi concentration camp survivor, and contributor to the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The story focused on a book he had published, Time for Outrage (2010).

In it, Hessel makes the argument that the worst attitude is indifference:

“Who is in charge; who are the decision makers? It’s not always easy to discern. We’re not dealing with a small elite anymore, whose actions we can clearly identify. We are dealing with a vast, interdependent world that is interconnected in unprecedented ways. But there are unbearable things all around us. You have to look for them; search carefully. Open your eyes and you will see. This is what I tell young people: If you spend a little time searching, you will find your reasons to engage. The worst attitude is indifference. ‘There’s nothing I can do; I get by’ – adopting this mindset will deprive you of one of the fundamental qualities of being human: outrage.  Our capacity for protest is indispensable, as is our freedom to engage.”

His words make me take pause when I think of the status of science in the United States. A general “mistrust” of science is increasingly pervasive, as outlined in a New Yorker article from the summer of 2016. Learn More…

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Jill Grace is a Regional Director for the K-12 Alliance and is President of CSTA.