"The Mars Society is sponsoring a Student Mars Art (SMArt) Contest, inviting youth from around the world to depict the human future on the planet Mars. Young artists from grades 4 through 12 (ages 8 to 18) are invited to submit up to three works of art each, illustrating any part of the human future on the Red Planet, including the first landing, human field exploration, operations at an early Mars base, the building of the first Martian cities, terraforming the Red Planet and other related human settlement concepts.
The SMArt Contest will be divided into three categories: Upper Elementary (grades 4-6), Junior High (grades 7-9), and High School (Grades 10-12). Cash prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250, as well as trophies, will be given out to the first, second and third place winners of each section. There will also be certificates of honorable mention for those artists who don’t finish in the top three, but whose work is nevertheless judged to be particularly meritorious.
The winning works of art will be posted on the Mars Society web site and may also be published as part of a special book about Mars art. In addition, winners will be invited to come to the 20th Annual International Mars Society Convention at the University of California, Irvine September 7-10, 2017 to display and talk about their art.
Mars art will consist of still images, which may be composed by traditional methods, such as pencil, charcoal, watercolors or paint, or by computerized means. ..."
The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2017, 5:00 pm MST.
For entry details, see http://www.marssociety.org/mars-society-to-hold-intl-student-mars-art-contest/
FTC 11128 Team Inspiration recently notified us of a California Assembly Bill being co-sponsored by Assembly Member Brian Maienschein. His office would like to have support letters emailed by April 10 (tomorrow!), and we have a sample letter your team or coaches and mentors can use to show your support.
From FTC 11128 Team Inspiration
Hello Robotics fans, families, supporters:
Wouldn't it be nice if we could get more donations & sponsorships for our robotics club?
AB 624 Robotics Club Tax Credit will give companies incentives to support robotics clubs. This bill will help to encourage more donors to contribute funding to students' interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Link for bill: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB624 (it will be amended to reflect community clubs)
Assembly Member Brian Maienschein has solicited Team Inspiration's help in coordinating support for AB 624. So far, the bill sponsors have only received about fifty (50) letters of support. They need our help. Please join us in writing support letters for this bill. You are welcome to use or revise the attached sample letter to reflect your support. It is important to have these support letters emailed by April 10, 2017 before the committee reconvenes for a hearing on this bill.
Email the signed support letter to
Please forward this email to your friends and colleagues. We need as much support as possible from parents, neighbors, community members, and companies.
Let's help to pass this bill so our robotics teams can get proper funding! Thank you for supporting this proposed bill.
Steven Chen - FTC 11128 Team Inspiration Captain
Madalyn Nguyen - FTC 11128 Team Inspiration Outreach Ambassador
Tracy Nguyen, O.D. - FTC 11128 Team Inspiration Outreach Liaison
Below is a sample letter you can download and customize, as well as one from the Million Women Mentors group.
and more background from FRC 1622 Team Spyder
Thank you everyone for helping,
If you did not know this bill was the brain child of FRC team 1622 Team Spyder from Poway, CA with the support of Poway Unified and Ramona Unified School District. In the effort to propose this bill, Team Spyder students met with the author Assemblymember Brian Maienschein for support, received support from Poway Unified acting Superintendent Mel Robertson and Ramona Unified School Board President Rodger Dohm whom meet with Senator Joel Anderson's staff gathering Joel's support to coauthor the bill. Through these efforts, Assemblymember Brian Maienschein, a Poway High School graduate himself authored AB624 Robotics Tax Credit Bill to Robotics Teams with up to $10,000 tax credits available to individuals and corporations.
FRC Team 624 gathered many signatures with the attached form from the San Diego and Ventura Regionals. The bill is going through committee's. Representatives from FRC team Spyder 1622 went to the Sacramento State Capitol to testify in committee, but unfortunately the committee was canceled that day to review the bill. We also went to Chairman Assemblymember Ridley-Thomas office to show support.
If you can gather more signatures and follow the instructions in the email below (Nadra.Mamou@asm.ca.gov) and attached, we would greatly appreciate any efforts that Robotics Teams can do. This is a direct support to every FLL, FTC and FRC team in California. It is not limited to FIRST Robotics in that it can help all Robotics Clubs. Please spread the word and gather as many signatures that you can! Helping to gather signatures in behalf of FTC 11128not only supports FRC 1622 Team Spyder, but also all California Robotics Teams!
Poway High School - Instructor
CTE STEM Teacher on Special Assignment
Engineering Academy / Pathway Coordinator
Team 1622 FIRST Robotics Coach / Advisor
(858) 748-0245 x.5307
There are 5 teams from San Diego FTC League going to the World Championship in Houston this month.
At least three of them have GoFundMe campaigns so if you'd like to help them out, take a look at their campaign pages:
LeBron James, Adriana Lima, and other celebrities are now appearing in ads that try to tell students the same message that FIRST tells us - in STEM fields, everyone can go pro!
"In a spot launching during March Madness, we see NBA star LeBron James explaining that there are only around 2,880 professional football players, a mere 850 pro soccer players and 624 pro basketball players. And, amazingly, there are only 5,800 fashion models.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, supermodel Adriana Lima and aging soccer star David Villa underline that there isn't a need for more of them. Instead, there are 9 million jobs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics."
... as explained in this CNET article:
In this "making of" video, we can see how often students want to be a pro celebrity but don't realize that STEM careers can be interesting and financially rewarding:
The advertisements are to help promote the
Innovative Learning Initiative
grant program from the Verizon Foundation.
The actual video ad sponsored by Verizon is here:
From SWRiSE, $25/team includes Fair admission:
16 FTC teams can participate, and registration deadline is Fri May 12.
Saturday, June 10: FIRST® Tech Challenge Contest
I am excited to inform you that official registration is now OPEN!
Here is the link directly to the registration page on the fair website: https://sdfair.com/contests/summer-of-robotics/
We look forward to seeing you register and seeing your team this summer at the San Diego County Fair! Please let me know if you have any questions!
Samantha Hamilton - Program Manager
SouthWest Robotics in Science Education (SWRISE)
PO Box 712077, Santee, CA 92072-2077
For updates on SWRiSE, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/swrise
Teams who would like to participate in an FTC invitational event in Reno, NV, check out their announcement. Out of state teams just have to pay $50 to enter, see link to register:
Any questions - send to firstname.lastname@example.org
The annual Society of Women Engineers Exploring Technology (SWEET) event is usualy only for middle school girls, but this year they are open for high school girls as well. The event is on the UCSD campus on April 22. Tickets are limited so get yours soon!
3848 Shockwave and 11128 Inspiration have both won a lottery spot for Worlds - congratulations!
So now San Diego FTC has 5 teams heading to Houston for Worlds:
For anyone interested in going to see the World Championship, FIRST is seeking adult and student volunteers:
Student Ambassador Opportunities
Are you a FIRST® participant attending the FIRST® Championship? Consider becoming a Student Ambassador! This is a great opportunity to spend quality time with Sponsors and other special guests of FIRST.
As part of the FIRST Championship, we ask FIRST participants to assist us in providing fun and exciting tours to our generous Sponsors and other special guests. We know our students are our best tour guides, and our guests would love to meet you! Volunteer to be a Student Ambassador at the FIRST Championship this year and show our guests what FIRST is all about. This role will be one to two hours during the entire event.
To volunteer as a Student Ambassador:
Volunteers Needed for FIRST® Tech Challenge World Championship
If you’re interested in volunteering for the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship, sign up today! Just log into the Volunteer Information and Matching System (VIMS), fill out the required information, and request your preferred roles. We need judges, queuers, and load in and load out crew members. We have a role for everyone!