Welcome to the AV STEM Center Blog

This blog will provide information about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics efforts within the Antelope Valley, as well as links to helpful STEM sites and info from beyond. Check back periodically for updates.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Knight High School Students to Participate in UAV Outback Challenge

Six students from Palmdale's Knight High School Digital Design & Engineering Academy have been selected to participate in the UAV Outback Challenge in Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia in late September of 2014.  The students, 3 male and 3 female, will comprise two teams of students whose unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) will be required to search a zone of at least 2 nautical miles x 2 nautical miles around an aerodrome without flying outside the area's borders.  Using GPS technology, they are to locate "Outback Joe," a mannequin, and report its location to judges.  If the location is accurate within certain specifications, the UAV is then tasked to drop a "rescue packet" to Joe and recover at the aerodrome.  UAV Outback Challenge - Search and Rescue .

KHS Students with Quadcopter

KHS Student Practices Flying Quadcopter

The students and chaperones are seeking donations to help offset the expenses of their trip to Australia (approximately $2,500 US per person).  If you would like to donate, please contact James Stockdale at Knight High School, jstockdale@avhsd.org .

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mars Day Activities Slated for 7/19/14 at Columbia Space Center in Downey

The Mars Society Los Angeles is hosting a "Mars Day 2014" commemoration at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey on Saturday, 19 July 2014, from 10:30am to 4:30pm PDT.  There will be fun activities for all ages to commemorate the landing of the Viking 1 spacecraft on Mars in July 1976.  They include (subject to change): Choose a Landing Site; Design a Rover; Mars Colony; Mission to the Red Planet; Rover Challenge; Voyage to Mars (ages 12+ pre-registration required); and a keynote address by Dr. John Callas, Mars Rover program.  There is a fee of $5 to enter the Space Center (located at 12400 Columbia Way, Downey), but no additional charge to participate in activities.  For additional information and registration links, visit Mars Society LA - Mars Day 2014 .

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AVC Offers Fast Track Developmental Math Advancement Sessions in July and August

Antelope Valley College will be offering two sessions of "Fast Track Developmental Math Advancement"  on Mondays through Thursdays from 28 July through 14 August 2014; the first session will be from 8:00am to noon, and the second from 1:00-5:00pm PDT in ME-100 at the Lancaster campus.  Students will to participate in the computer-based learning curriculum, complete in three weeks rather than a semester (or continue into fall, if needed), avoid having to crash full  sections of MATH 065, 070, or 102, and have access to tutors and other support personnel.  For more information and to access the link to register, visit Fast Track Developmental Math Advancement Sessions - Hot News, or contact Prof. Tooraj Gordi at tgordi@avc.edu

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AV Tech Trek Camper Welcome Home Gathering

The AV Chapter of  the AAUW will welcome home local middle school young ladies who participated in the summer Tech Trek camp program at California universities.  On 23 August 2014, from 9:30-11:00am, at the Palmdale School District boardroom, each of the STEM campers will make a brief presentation about their experience, and the $1,000 AAUW high school scholarship winner will make a presentation to the group.  The event is open to the public.  For further information, contact Connie Harney at connie.harney@verizon.net .  For more information about AV AAUW and Tech Trek, visit Antelope Valley AAUW .  

Nominations for the 2015 year will be due in December.

Monday, June 30, 2014

California STEM Task Force Report Released

California's Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, has released the long-awaited STEM Task Force Report.  The Blueprint for STEM outlines recommendations in seven general areas to expand and improve STEM in California: 
  • Public Awareness;
  • Resources;
  • Access;
  • Framework;
  • Professional Learning;
  • Assessment and Accountability; and
  • Availability of STEM Materials.
To view the SSPI's press release and a link to download the full report, visit:  CDE - STEM Task Force Report .

Local SkillsUSA Winners at National Competition

Congratulations to students from Palmdale High School's Falcon Academy of Sustainable Technologies which had three awards at the recent national SkillsUSA competition held in Kansas City:
  • Team 1H, comprised of Oscar Guzman, Ricardo Guzman, and Blanca Zepeda, received the bronze medal for the Career Pathways - Industrial and Engineering Technology competition;
  • Team C, comprised of Ny Gyra Lawson, Austin Nowlen, and Anurag Rai, received the silver medal for the Innovative Application and Video Game competition;
  • Christopher McDonald received the bronze medal for the Sustainability Solutions competition.
Approximately 20 students from AVUHSD schools competed in the national event this year.

Free Summer Math Program for Students and Parents

TenMarks is making a free summer math program available for students and parents to help prevent "summer slide".  The program is personalized and based on a standards-based assessment.  For more information, visit TenMarks Summer Math Program .

Sunday, June 29, 2014

"STEM 2.0: An Imperative for Our Future Workforce" Compendium Released

As a follow-up to its spring Town Hall meeting, the STEMConnector Innovation Task Force has recently released a compendium of articles from industry, non-profit, government and education experts regarding its STEM 2.0 initiative.  The new publication, available both in digital and print formats, outlines the career capability framework introduced at the Town Hall meeting; it also includes the four areas which will be the first to be supported, as well as the next steps needed to support the future STEM workforce.  For more information and a link to download the publication, visit STEMConnector Innovation Task Force Workforce Report .

Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education Unveil "Manufacture Your Future" Website

According to STEMConnector [ STEMConnector Blog "Manufacture Your Future", the Alcoa Foundation and Discovery Education have partnered to unveil the "Manufacture Your Future" website to provide information and free resources for middle and high school students, teachers, counselors and others to explore current manufacturing careers.  The site includes lesson plans, virtual field trips, family discussion starters, and a career guide, among other items.  Visit the site at Manufacture Your Future .

Boeing Sponsors Five Military Dependent Students to Attend Tiger Woods STEM Camp

The Boeing High Desert Employees Community Fund has provided a generous donation to sponsor five middle school aged children of active-duty military families to attend the week-long Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim.  During the camp, students will have the opportunity to study STEM subjects such as video game design, robotics, kitchen chemistry, zoology, velocity racers, as well as golf and a visit to Disneyland, where they will learn how STEM applies to park operations.  Boeing High Desert Employees Community Fund Sponsors Military Kids in STEM .