TechTest2017 Thank You Notes

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The SESF Board has received some thank you notes from students taking the 2017 TechTest:

Jack Devlin:

Devlin

Keegan Zetterberg:

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Bowen Kyle:

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The Board thanks all the TechTest participants who took the time to write a thank you note. They are sharing these notes with all the hard working people that make TechTest possible, including the generous donors, Rebane Family Foundation, Medler Family Foundation, Buhler Family, Nevada County Republican Women Federated, Sierra Solar, Telestream, and Intel Volunteer Grant Program /David Pistone.

TechTest2017 Winners Posted

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TT2017_Top Three

 Harrison Constantino (2nd), Keegan Zetterberg(3rd), John “Jack” Devlin(1st)

More details under the TechTest Navigation Tab above.

TechTest2017 Examination is Posted

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Students and parents interest in taking a look at the TechTest2017 Scholarship Exam will find a copy of the exam under the TechTest navigation above.  The top three scoring Seniors taking the exam are shown below:

TT2017_Top Three

Left to right: Harrison Constantino, Keegan Zetterberg, John “Jack” Devlin

They will learn their placement, First, Second, or Third on Award Night. The final results will be posted in TechTest Facebook Page after the checks are presented by Barbara Ross.

TechTest2017 Survivors Breakfast

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The TechTest2017 Survivors Breakfast will be held on April 26th, 7:30 AM , at Tofanelli’s. All students taking TechTest2017 and parents are invited to attend as guests of SESF. 

Note the breakfast was originally scheduled for 08:00 AM, Please note the change and correct your calendar.

SESF Executive Officer

TechTestJr Prizes in 2017

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The First Place Winners in both the 5/6 and 7/8 category won one of these Quadcopter:

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The Second and Third Place winners in both categories 5/6 and 7/8 won one of these Quadcopters:

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TechTestJr Article in TheUnion

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Telestream TechTestJr17

AJA Video TechTestJr

Many of the top fifth through eighth graders in the area gathered March 23 at two local technology companies to participate in the sixth annual TechTest Jr. math and science competition, sponsored by the Sierra Economics and Science Foundation.

The fifth and sixth grade test was hosted by AJA Video Systems in Grass Valley and the seventh and eighth grade test was hosted by Telestream in Nevada City. This is the first year that the test was offered at the fifth-sixth grade level.

More than 60 students from nine area schools, including Magnolia, Seven Hills, Mount St. Mary’s Academy, Lyman Gilmore, Forest Charter, NCSOA, Union Hill, Alta Sierra and Cottage Hill competed for bragging rights and STEM prizes that included six quadcopters.

TechTest Jr. is a math/science exam primarily targeted at high-performing fifth through eighth graders and it focuses on problem solving skills. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate their proficiency at applying math and science knowledge to solve problems. Aside from acknowledging their skills, it’s intended to promote the development of more critical thinking activities in the county and to help prepare students for future exams of this type, such as the SAT and ACT.

It also helps students to prepare for the TechTest Merit Scholarship program in their senior year of high school to compete for over $15,000 in college scholarships. For more information on the high school test, visit https://sesfoundation.org/.

Holding the event at Telestream and AJA Video Systems was intended to show the students the type of opportunities that lie ahead of them as a result of their proficiency in math and science.

Telestream and Anna Greco, VP of Client Services Enterprise Products, were hosts to the students, providing tours of their facility, showing product demos and even having Andrew Haley (Telestream engineer and former Lyman Gilmore student) livestream student interviews to their Facebook page.

At AJA Video Systems, Stacey Wiederhold (AJA human resources) and Eric Gysen (vice president of engineering) were also hosts, providing lunch, product demos, tours and discussions for the fifth and sixth grade students.

TechTest Jr. is offered at no cost to participating students and is funded by donations and sponsorships by the Sierra Economics and Science Foundation (SESF) and by local businesses. It was offered this year as part of the county STEAM Expo and winners were announced at the Expo on March 25.

If any individuals or local businesses are interested in helping to support the 2018 TechTest Jr., please contact Dave Pistone at david.r.pistone@gmail.com. Anyone interested in getting a copy of this year’s exam (with answers) and previous years’ tests can visit the SESF webpage at https://sesfoundation.org/techtest-jr/ and download the exams.

Written by David Pistone, SESF Board Member.

TechTestJr Tests

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The TechTestJr exams for 2017. 

Below is the test without answers if you want to use it to test yourself or a family member:

TechTest 2017 – without answers

This is the test with answers:

TechTest 2017 – with answers

The prize winners for are posted on the TechTestJr page

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