New Tutoring Navigation Tab

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I invite your attention to a new navigation tab above which introduces a new SESF sponsored program led by SESF Board Member David Pistone. Click on the Tutoring Tab for more information.

Knowing How to Code Leads to a Better Life

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Knowing how to program a computer is key to success: ‘Upstairs, Downstairs’ society could be reality for school leavers unable to write code Those who know how to write code could enjoy a better life, expert said

  • Those who know how to write code could enjoy a better life, expert said
  • Young people without skill would languish in equivalent of the scullery
  • A new compulsory computing curriculum was introduced in September
  • Coding lessons for pupils as young as five to be rolled out in schools

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Welcome to TechTest Jr. 2014 E-mail

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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)
10:30am: Introductions
10:45am: Exam begins
1:00pm: Exam ends
1:30pm-2:00pm: Awards Presentation (go to 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.


Dave Pistone
Sierra Economics and Science Foundation

High School Seniors Compete for Merit Scholarships

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This Press Release was send to local media outlets in western Nevada County, including newspapers, radio stations and active news blogs: TechTest2014 Press Release  TechTest2014 test and answers are posted under the TechTest navigation tab above.




Hour of Code

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TechTest2013 Winners Posted

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The winners of the TechTest2013 Merit Scholarships are now posted under the Tech Test navigation tab.

TechTest2013 Survivors Breakfast

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The TechTest2013 Survivors Breakfast will be at  Tofanelli’s in Grass Valley on Friday May 24th at 8:30.  Board Members, Students taking the test, and their parents are invited to join us in celebrating the TechTest Survivors.

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