The TechTestJr Results are posted under the TechTestJr Navigation Tab above. If you would like to support TechTestJr 2015, please use the Amazon button on this page when shopping at Amazon. SESF receives 2.4% of the purchase price, with no additional cost to the user. This is a great way to support STEM education in Nevada County. The more clicks on the button, the more money we have for TechTest2015 merit scholarships.
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If you are receiving this email, it is because you are registered for the 3rd annual TechTest Jr. Exam. The exam is scheduled for this Saturday, May 31st. The details are included below. Please respond and confirm your attendance.
Thank you for participating in this year’s TechTest Jr. competition and representing your school.
This year’s exam consists of 38 questions plus a tie-breaker question. The questions include math (Algebra and Geometry) and science topics typically covered in your middle school classes. All questions are multiple-choice. Participants will not be allowed to bring in any paper or pencils with them. Pencils and scratch paper will be provided. If additional paper or pencils are required, they will be provided. Calculators may be used, but if they have a memory, the memory must be completely erased prior to the test (the proctors will assist with this). Phones or any other electronic devices will not be allowed in the testing area. Students will have approximately two hours to complete the exam. Only participants will be allowed in the test area during the exam.
The exam is being held in the Science Lecture Hall at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley. A map to the Nevada Union campus and to the Science Lecture Hall is attached. Please allow plenty of time to get to the Science Hall. The schedule is as follows:
10:00am: Arrival/check-in (You will receive your t-shirt when you check in)
10:45am: Exam begins
1:00pm: Exam ends
1:30pm-2:00pm: Awards Presentation (go to http://sesfoundation.org/ to view some of the prizes available)
John McDaniel, the Nevada Union Physics teacher and coordinator of the NU STEM Summer Science Camps, will be on site to provide tours of the NU science labs for any interested students.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
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Friday the 23rd was the TechTest2014 Survivors breakfast, where the Board of Directors broke tradition and announced the winners and awarded the scholarship that they had earned. The results are posted under the TechTest navigation tab above.
TechTest2014 questions and answers are also posted under the TechTest Navigation Tab.
To provide a place for feedback from the Survivors, we have created a Survivors Tab above. We encourage all Survivors past and present, to post comments on TechTest and to keep us posted on their university and career successes.
Top Three Winners (left to right) Lars Montagnaro, David Bernadett, Patrick Wells
All the Tech Test Survivors With Their T-Shirts.
Below are some of the prizes that students competing in the TechTestJr can win. The Top scoring students can chose which high tech kit or processor they would like to have. Not shown are Tickets to Summer Science Camp and a professional microscope.
More in formation in this Press Release: TechTest Jr Final Press Release
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On the 24th of April, the SESF Board of Directors welcomed David Pistone as our new Director of Education Initiatives.
Dave grew up in Southern California. After working in the Aerospace industry for 10 years, he moved to Nevada County in 1984 with his wife, Dale, in search of a better environment to raise a family. Dave worked as an Engineering manager for Intel from 1984 until 2013, at which time he left in order to become involved in the education system and pursue some ideas for improving it. He is a graduate of Cal State Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and is currently completing his Masters of Education degree.
We will be hearing more about Dave’s initiative in future posts. He has already got a running start.
The TechTest 2014 Survivors Breakfast is scheduled for May 23 at 8:30 AM. The Board is looking forward to meeting the Survivors and hear about their future academic plans. We will also announce the three top scoring students. However, to discover who was 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Survivors will have to wait for Award Night at the High School.