"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:
Just came across these today - but today is the deadline! No April Fools!
"The San Diego Air & Space Museum administers four competitive scholarship programs for San Diego County graduating seniors who plan to attend a four-year college or university. Three of these programs, the Bill Gibbs, R.A. Rearwin and Jennings Kelly Scarborough scholarships, are reserved for students with strong aviation or aerospace related interests, who plan to pursue a degree in mathematics, physics, the sciences or engineering. Each has a different emphasis.The fourth scholarship program, for award of Convair Alumni Association scholarships, is reserved for direct descendants (either natural or adopted) of former San Diego area employees of Consolidated Aircraft Corporation, Consolidated Vultee Aircraft Corporation, or the Convair, Astronautics or Space Systems Divisions of General Dynamics Corporation. There are no restrictions as the applicant’s field of study.
The San Diego Air & Space Museum also awards an annual scholarship, in the name of the Museum, to the top applicant among all of those who plan to pursue a course of study in mathematics, physics, the sciences or engineering. Since 2014, three of these scholarships have been awarded, totaling $11,000."