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San Jose Students Harness Wind Energy

From world premier sailboat racing to wind surfing to flying kites in the park, young men and women in the Bay Area grow up using wind energy in creative and exciting ways. But since early January, teams of students have been challenged with an even bigger task: “Harnessing the Wind” to move water. These days, water is a scarce resource in California—the state spends 19 percent of its total energy consumption to move and process it. This Saturda…

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Sky Is the Limit for Imagination at This Year’s Tech Challenge: Asteroids Rock!

specified locations. The students must tackle this challenge with creativity and ingenuity. The Tech Challenge is designed to inspire the next generation of Silicon Valley innovators and provide students, in grades 5 through 12, with hands-on science and engineering projects. Their goal: solving real world problems. In addition to meeting California Content Standards, the challenge also teaches students many of the valuable skills needed to be a…

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Kids to “Shake, Rattle and Roll” Their Way to Earth-Shattering Futures

After experiencing my first earthquake on the west coast many years ago, there was nothing anyone could do to convince me that an earthquake could be a good thing.  However, there is one group that is doing just that. The Tech Museum in San Jose has introduced a simulated quake that is a life-changing platform for children to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Since January, The Tech Challenge has provided 1,400 studen…

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