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Tech Test Jr 2020 Results

Congratulations to all of the winners and a big than you to all of those students that participated.  Thank you also to our hosts and sponsors- Telestream, AJA Video Systems, Nevada County Tech Connections and Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, and to Dave Pistone for coordinating these events for our local students!

Please Read the full Information here:  Press Release TechTest Jr. Winners Announcement 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


TechTestJr 2020 Exams

The tests that were given at the 2020 TechTest Jr. events are attached here. There are four documents:

•  The 5th/6th grade test without answers. This was given to the 5th and 6th grade students:TechTest 2020 – without answers – 5th-6th FINAL

•  The 7th/8th grade test without answers. This was given to the 7th and 8th grade students: TechTest 2020 – without answers – 7th-8th FINAL

•  The 5th/6th grade test with answers:TechTest 2020 – with answers – 5th-6th FINAL

• The 7th/8th grade test with answers: TechTest 2020 – with answers – 7th-8th FINAL

Local Elementary and Middle Schools Participate in TechTest Jr 2020 

On February 25th through 28th, around 120 of the top 5th through 8th graders in the area gathered at four locations to participate in the ninth annual TechTest Jr. math competition, sponsored by the Sierra Economics and Science Foundation (SESF) and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office. The events were graciously hosted by Telestream in Nevada City, AJA Video Systems in Grass Valley, the Nevada County Tech Hub and the Grass Valley Group, all providing lunch, demos and tours. 

The students were from 16 area schools, including Mount St. Mary Academy, Magnolia, Seven Hills, Lyman Gilmore, Forest Charter, NCSOA, Union Hill, Yuba River Charter, Chicago Park, Ready Springs, Grass Valley Charter, Alta Sierra, Arete, Williams Ranch and Alta Sierra. Students were competing for bragging rights and prizes that include robots, quadcopters, Snap Circuits and other STEM-related prizes. 

TechTest Jr. is a math exam that tests critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Aside from acknowledging students for their skills, it’s intended to promote the development of more critical thinking activities in the county and to help prepare them 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, where they can compete for over $15,000 in college scholarships. For more information on the high school test, visit https://sesfoundation.org/ 

Holding the event at the local Tech Company sites was done to show the students the type of opportunities that lie ahead of them as a result of their proficiency in math and science. Telestream (Robin Guerra and Danielle Scallin) was a fabulous host to the 7th and 8th grade students, providing tours of their facility and showing product demos. AJA Video Systems (Stacey Wiederhold, Bob Hudelson and Crescent Hiss) hosted 5th and 6th grade students and also provided product demos, tours and discussions. Gil Mathew’s team at the Nevada County Tech Hub and Remington Maxwell’s team from the Grass Valley Group hosted 5th through 8th graders and offered exciting demos, including Virtual Reality, Green Screening and Video Mixing Boards. It was great to see such fabulous support of STEM events by so many local businesses. 

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), the County Superintendent of Schools Office and by local businesses. It was offered again this year as part of the county STEAM Expo and winners will be announced at the Expo on 3/28. If any individuals or local businesses are interested in helping to support the 2021 TechTest Jr., please contact Dave Pistone at dpistone@mtstmarys.org. 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, or email Dave Pistone to get them. 

A happy and excited group of 5th and 6th graders gathered at AJA Video Systems

Union Hill 6th grader Amy Larkins gets a few pointers on using a video mixer at the Grass Valley Group

Students focused and hard at work during the test at AJA Video Systems


TechTestJr 2019

On March 5th and 6th, over 100 of the top 5th through 8th graders from 15 area schools gathered at three locations to participate in the eighth annual TechTestJr math competition, sponsored by the Sierra Economics and Science Foundation (SESF) and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools office. The 5th and 6th grade test was hosted by AJA Video Systems in Grass Valley and the 7th and 8th grade test was hosted by Telestream in Nevada City. Due to a growth in popularity of the event, a third site was added in order to accommodate the overflow of students participating. The third site is the Nevada County Tech Connection, which is part of the ERC and consists of a consortium of small tech companies, including GSS (Gyro-Stabilized-Systems), Augmntr (Virtual and Augmented Reality), NCTV and Traitware, and was hosted by Shavati Karki-Pearl from Autometrix and the NC Tech Connection.

The winners will be announced at the 2019 STEAM Expo on April 6th, at the Fairgrounds.

TechTestJr 2019 Exams

The tests that were given at the 2019 TechTest Jr. events are attached here. There are four documents:

•  The 5th/6th grade test without answers. This was given to the 5th and 6th grade students: TechTestJr 2019 – with answers – 5th-6th final version

•  The 7th/8th grade test without answers. This was given to the 7th and 8th grade students: TechTestJr 2019 – without answers – 7th-8th final version

•  The 5th/6th grade test with answers: TechTestJr 2019 – with answers – 5th-6th final version

• The 7th/8th grade test with answers: TechTestJr 2019 – with answers – 7th-8th final version

After the winners are announced at the 2019 STEAM Expo on April 6th the results will posted above.

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TechTest Jr 2018 Exams

The tests that were given at the 2018 TechTest Jr. events are attached here. There are four documents:
•  The 5th/6th grade test without answers. This was given to the 5th and 6th grade students: TechTest 2018 – 5th-6th Grade
•  The 7th/8th grade test without answers. This was given to the 7th and 8th grade students: TechTest 2018 – 7th-8th Grade
•  The 5th/6th grade test with answers. This is for use in verifying students’ work: TechTest 2018 5th-6th grade test with detailed answers
•  The 7th/8th grade test with answers. This is for use in verifying students’ work: TechTest 2018 7th-8th grade test with detailed answers

The documents without answers can be used by students to prepare for upcoming TechTest Jr. events, or to just hone their problem solving skills. The documents with answers contain detailed solution methodologies. These can be used by students and teachers alike to not only verify answers, but to help understand how to go about developing solutions to these types of problems.

Many thanks go out to Peter Murphy of Nevada City for taking the time to create the detailed solutions. Many thanks also go out to Telestream and AJA Video for hosting the event each year and exposing these talented students to what a career in the technology sector is like.

The 2017 Winners:

Overall 5th/6th:

  • 1st: Alexa Lattyak (Union Hill)

  • 2nd: Ben Brott (Seven Hills)

  • 3rd: Logan Connors (Union Hill)

Overall 7th/8th:

  • Evelyn Grandfield (7-Hills)

  • Cade Torgerson (Magnolia)

  • Jake VanBourgondien (Magnolia)

The Updated Test with Answers is here:  TechTest 2017 – with answers

 The 2016 Winners:

•  1st: Joelle Lindbloom ( Weimar Middle School)
•  2nd: Jacob Knox (Magnolia Middle School)
•  3rd: Alex Zetterberg (Grass Valley Charter)
•  4th: Madeline Cramer (Weimar Middle School)
•  5th: Evelyn Grandfield (Seven Hills )

Honorable Mention:
•  Grace Billingsley (Mount St. Mary’s)
•  Taryn Ryan (Weimar Middle School)
•  Alex McKenzie (Seven Hills)
•  Ivy Brott (Mount St. Mary’s)
•  Ali McDaniel (Mount St. Mary’s)

The TechTestJr 2016 Merit Scholarship Exam with Answer Key is HERE:TechTest Jr – 2016 – with answer key

The 2015 Winners:

  • 1st: Linn Tjornhom (Weimar Middle School)
  • 2nd: Kelly Muir (Grass Valley Charter)
  • 3rd: Connor Ryan (Weimar Middle School)
  • Honorable Mention: Calder Wilson (Magnolia Middle School)
  • Honorable Mention: Brooke Gianopulos (Weimar Middle School)
  • Honorable Mention: Grace Billingsley (Mount St Mary Academy)
  • Honorable Mention: Julia Kringle (Magnolia Middle School

This year Magnolia won the participation prize again.

The TechTestJr 2015 Merit Scholarship Exam with Answer Key is HERE: TechTest Jr – 2015 – with answer key

The 2014 Winners:

  • 1st: Ryan Brott (Seven Hills)
  • 2nd: Gracie Suenram (Gilmore)
  • 3rd: Nikolas Matiska (Magnolia)
  • Honorable Mention: Duncan Hendrickson (Gilmore)
  • Honorable Mention: Hunter Prince (Magnolia)
  • Honorable mention: Sierra Raskie Jeska (Seven Hills)
  • Honorable Mention: Ocean Tober (Magnolia)

The TechTestJr 2014  Merit Scholarship Exam with Answer Key  is  HERE:TechTest Jr – 2014 with answer key

2013 Tech Test Jr Results

Top three  schools, note the tie

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Schools by Student

2012 TechTest Jr. Results

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Article in the Union on TechTestJr Results:

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