Eighth-graders in western Nevada County can now compete for a prize and bragging rights in a local mathematics and science examination.For the first time in 2012, the Nevada County nonprofit Sierra Economics and Science Foundation gave TechTest Jr. SESF administered a math/science exam for eighth grade Nevada County students and award gift cards and bragging rights to the winners. SESF partners with local eighth-grade teachers to administer the exam. The exam will be proctored during regular school hours and classrooms. TechTest Jr is given each spring just prior to California state testing, with the Awards being made at the close of the school year. TcchTestJr 2013 will be give in May of 2013.
SESF has awarded more than $65,000 in college scholarships to Nevada County high school seniors since 2008 through the merit-based, TechTest scholarship program.Any teachers interested in signing up their students for the exam are encouraged to email SESF board member Michael McDaniel at Mike McDaniel. SESF members offer the TechTest program to encourage education in math and science, and to encourage students to follow careers in technical fields.