Tuesday, April 22, 2014

MATE ROV Competition in Chicago April 26, 2014

MATE ROV Chicago regional competition
The Marine Advanced Technology Education Remote Operated Vehicle (MATE ROV, for short) Midwest competition will take place this weekend, April 26. It's one of 22 regional competitions taking place around the world. Students from upper elementary through college level, as well as community organizations compete in MATE ROV.

This year's challenge focuses on exploring shipwrecks, sinkholes and conservation in the Great Lakes with a focus on Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, an area nicknamed "Shipwreck Alley," where more than 50 wrecks have been discovered.

Join me on the 26th! I'll be sharing pics and notes from the competition via social media. The competition takes place from  8 - 3 at the University of Illinois at Chicago in their pool.

The national competition will take place June 26-28 at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary in Alpena, Michigan.

From their site:
The MATE competition requires students to think of themselves as entrepreneurs and transform their teams into companies that manufacture, market, and "sell" their ROV or the services their business provides. In addition to engineering their ROVs, the students are required to prepare technical reports, poster displays, and engineering presentations that are delivered to working professionals who serve as competition judges. 
The MATE ROV competition is about student learning. It is designed to be an event that challenges students to apply the physics, math, electronics, and engineering skills they are learning in the classroom to solving problems from the marine workplace. Mentors (teachers, parents, working professionals) are expected to limit their input to educational and inspirational roles and encouraged to focus on the benefits of the learning process and not simply on “winning” the competition

Get a mom's-eye view of MATE ROV as well as two other popular robotics competitions in the video below. (It's well-suited for listening to; there's not a whole lot to watch.)

Monday, April 21, 2014

USA Science and Engineering Festival - Chicagoland

Did you know that this Saturday, April 26, there will be a HUGE Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC? Oakton Community College is hosting a smaller Chicagoland version of the festival at their Des Plaines Campus. It promises to be family-friendly but, I'm not seeing a whole lot of family-friendly content on the flyer.  with an expo area that will delight and educate kids. They also have a series of lectures for adults who want to be in the know.

The local Festival runs from 10 - 2:30.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Tech Savvy for Girls Coming to Chicago on May 10

Tech Savvy programs for girls from AAUW, the American Association for University Women
Th AAUW, American Association of University Women, offered a program for girls called Tech Savvy and it's coming to Chicago on May 10. Tech Savvy is a daylong science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) career conference designed to attract girls in sixth through ninth grade to these fields. The programs also have a parent component that keeps families in the know when it comes to STEM education and careers.

The Chicago program will take place on May 10, 2014 from 8:30 - 3:30 at IIT's Rice Campus in Wheaton. There is a five dollar per person fee.
Registrations are due by May 7, 2014.
Click here to register.

From the AAUW site:

The day begins with hands-on workshops in various math and science fields. Past workshops include “Math: Exploring Complex Worlds with Simple Rules,” which combined computers with the world of mathematics. “Robotics” explored mechatronics and virtual reality, and “Re-using Your Environment,” taught girls how to help the planet through recycling.

The second portion of the day focuses on “savvy skills.” These are skills girls can use in their daily lives, such as critical thinking, sharing opinions, public speaking, and knowledge about financial literacy, negotiation, and interviewing.

The parents’ program features speakers on STEM education and careers, encouraging parents to ask questions about these fields.

During the final portion of the day, parents and girls reconvene to hear from a keynote speaker relevant to the theme of the conference. In the past, Tech Savvy has showcased speakers from IBM and other high-profile corporations. Speakers have also come from nonprofit trailblazers such as Echoing Green, an organization that provides seed money to kickstart nonprofits like Teach for America and City Year.