Three SVUSD Intermediate Schools entered the regional C-STEM (Center for Integrated Computing and STEM Education) Orange County RoboPlay Competition organized by Irvine Valley College. This competition was based on curriculum, developed in 2010 by Dr. Harry Cheng from UC Davis, aimed at integrated learning to broaden participation of students traditionally underrepresented in computing and STEM related careers. The C-STEM Competition involved the programming of small robots (called “Barobo Linkbots”). The competition, held on May 20th, encompassed three divisions based on a student’s math level. Division 1 had over 25 teams from 9 middle schools in Orange County. In Division 1, Serrano Intermediate entered 4 teams and garnered a 3rd and a 5th place finish. In the first year of their competition, RSM entered 2 teams and Los Alisos entered 1 team. Serrano also entered an alumni team (current students from ETHS) and placed 2nd in Division 2 in Orange County and in the state as well. In addition, the Serrano alumni team received the judges’ award for “most spirited” for Division 2. UCI and local industries lent support to this event.
ETHS Engineering Students Win Fuel Cell Challenge
On April 1st, Doug Ford took his Fuel Cell Challenge team to Los Angeles to compete for the first time. Toyota generously donated a Horizon Educational fuel cell kit to ETHS. Horizon’s products are designed to teach advanced engineering and science concepts on renewable energy and hydrogen fuel cell hybrid systems. The ETHS team took first place in the Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge (H2AC). This will definitely become an annual event.
Competing for the Fifth Year in the UCI Energy Invitational, ETHS Takes 3rd Place
Engineering drafting teacher Doug Ford and Auto teacher Casey Moir have guided engineering students for 5 years to compete in the UCI Energy Invitational – one of the UCI Performance Engineering competitions. This year, ETHS purchased a new go-kart, then redesigned it with graphics, 3D printed parts and an altered engine. The first part of the competition was a design review where team members presented their concept. The design review took place at the STEM & the Arts Showcase on April 21st. The second part of the competition was the timed trials (how far a vehicle can go on $1 worth of fuel) which occurred on the UCI campus on May 6th. El Toro High School attained 3rd place trophy in the lightweight division.
UCI Rescue Robotics Fields a New SVUSD Team – LHHS and MVHS Win Their Divisions
Three years ago a small team from La Paz Intermediate School entered a newly created competition entitled the UCI Rescue Robotics – one of the UCI Performance Engineering competitions. The objective of the competition is to simulate lost souls to be rescued. Designated “survivors” are traffic cones equipped with a QR code. The robots, which are built by students throughout the year, are equipped with QR codes. That first year La Paz won first place defeating all high school and college teams. In 2016, the former La Paz students who enrolled at LHHS found an advisor, Doug Havard. The team updated their ground robot and again competed, winning 2nd place. In 2017, the LHHS team was joined by a new team from MVHS, with Bill McDowell as their advisor. Created by a former La Paz participant, Thomas Stringer, the MVHS team grew to 12 students and built both a ground robot and a drone. The design review for the robots occurred on April 23rd. The MVHS ground robot took 3rd place while their drone took 2nd place. In the competition which took place on May 20th, both teams represented SVUSD very well! LHHS won first place in the ground division beating UCI, Santiago Canyon College and Irvine Valley College. MVHS garnered first place in the ground/aerial division beating University High School.
MVHS – Excellent Results in Future Farmers of America (FFA) Competitions
California State FFA Degree Recipients – 2017
The State FFA Degree is awarded to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to the California FFA Association and made significant accomplishments in their Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAEs). Students who won this award were: Brianne Shannon, Leslie Villalobos, and Alexandra Ulans.
Creed Speaking Competition
The Creed Speaking Competition is for ninth grade FFA members who present the FFA Creed from memory and answer questions about its meaning and purpose. In this competition Eric Mendoza won 1st place in the section and McKenzie Norris was a Southern Region Finalist
Impromptu Public Speaking
The Impromptu Contest is a realistic speaking contest that prepares students for public statements, media coverage, and general questions about the FFA and Agriculture Industry. Winners in this contest included: Anna Grulikowski, Matt Sorenson, Aubrey Mills, Rebecca Simonji, and Ilianna Goodhew.
Job Interview Competition
Participants in the Job Interview competition submit a resume, complete job applications and participate in mock job interviews with a panel of possible employers. Noted performers included Elizabeth Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Isabelle Johnson, and Natalie Kallberg.
Best Informed Greenhand Competition – Section 1st Place Team
The objective of the Best Informed Greenhand (BIG) contest is to understand the aims, purposes, history, and structure of the Local, State, and National FFA student organizations. The B.I.G. contest is open to 9th grade FFA members only. Winners from MVHS were: Taylor Coker, Seana Rosiak, Mckenzie Norris, Toni Hammork, Azareya Torcivia, and Eric Mendoza
Veterinary Science CDE – Section 2nd Place Team
The objective of the Veterinary Science competition is to prepare FFA members for careers in the Veterinary Science Industry through lab practicum simulation, tool and parasite identification, and animal general knowledge tests. Winners included Brianne Shannon, Natalie Kallberg, Citlali Diaz, and Meaghan Holt-Hillis.
Farm Accounting and Records CDE – Southern Region 2nd Place Team, Section 1st Place Team
In the Farm Record Book competition students must analyze farm records based on pages from the California Agricultural Education Record Book and Official Instruction Manual. Several MVHS placed well in this competition including: Anna Grulikowski, Aubrey Mills, Matt Sorenson, and Rebecca Simonji.
Culinary Arts Students Sampled Saddleback College Program
On April 7th, students from Rhonda Nelson’s Family Consumer Studies class at RSM Intermediate visited the Saddleback College Culinary Arts program to tour the facility, work in the garden, and learn how to prepare certain foods. On May 24th, LHHS students from Chef Cayabyab’s culinary arts classes were invited to visit the program and enhance the alignment between programs. They were all impressed with the new garden supplying fresh vegetables for cooking.
SVUSD Students Start Training for Cyberpatriot Competition
On April 29th and May 13th, LHHS Computer Science teacher, Elizabeth Quinanola brought 14 students to IVC to start training for the CyberPatriot Competition which will take place next fall. CyberPatriot is part of the National Youth Cyber Education Program developed by the Air Force Association (AFA) and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). CyberPatriot teaches students both cybersecurity technical skills and employability skills. Middle and high schools form teams of students interested in developing leadership and organizational skills, while learning what it takes to work as a cybersecurity professional. The exciting competitions put teams of students in the scenario of newly hired IT professionals in charge of managing the network of a small company using Linux and Windows based programming. ETHS teacher, Nicole Muilenburg and Serrano teacher, Brian McElfish also brought teams to these trainings and will be competing in 2018.
The ocMaker Challenge Entered it’s Fifth Year – Entries from Three SVUSD Schools
More than 150 teams from Orange County middle schools, high schools and community colleges participated in this STEM-based design competition where students build product prototypes. The ocMaker Challenge integrates science, technology, engineering and math, by encouraging students to identify a unique problem or need, document solutions and use technologies that include 3D modeling and 3D printing. The annual ocMaker Challenge supports creativity and innovation by converging academics with hands-on learning to promote 21stcentury skills.
Teams design and build these prototypes throughout the school year. The prototypes were showcased at Chapman University on May 12th and 13th. The projects were judged on criteria including originality and functionality.
La Paz Intermediate entered three projects.
1. A combination grocery bag and hand sanitizer holder.
2. A multi-tool with 2 screwdrivers and a pair of pliers
3. A dog leash holder for multiple dogs
El Toro High School entered three projects:
1. A mobile work bench (with retractable casters)
2. A video box (to watch videos and other phone apps in private)
3. A hybrid Ukulele (with 3D printed parts)
Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate entered two projects:
1. A modular bike powered phone charger
2. A windup (for storing electronic cords)
ETHS Photography Students’ Work Displayed at South Coast Plaza
Two outstanding students from Joyanne Goodfellow’s photo classes – Alina Petrasich and Michealla Aguilar, were accepted into the 1000 Images contest for Imagineology. Their pieces will be hanging in the Crate and Barrel wing of South Coast Plaza. And Alina’s photo of the ocean was accepted into the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts Junior display.
LHHS Video Program Big Winner in Film Festival
LHHS won a Special Nomination Award “Excellence in Storytelling” at the 51st Annual California Student Media Festival for their short film, “The Color of Life.” The California Student Media Festival (which partners with PBS SoCal) is the nation’s oldest student media festival. Over the past twenty years, the California Student Media Festival has awarded more than $140,000 to California Schools. It has expanded to include the work of more than 6,000 student contestants from schools across the state. Awards were given out on June 3rd at Zipper Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The LHHS entry from Kris Velasquez’s video class – “The Color of Life” was written by Ben Walter, starred Luke Senger, and Teyo Jacobson and was produced by Christian Cottriel, Jason Le, Beverly Martinez, Truman Talbot, Noah Taylor, AA Vosough, and Ben Walter.
In addition, “The Color of Life” film was an official selection in the 2nd Annual Mission Viejo Film Festival and was entered into judging for the best overall film award. This festival took place at Saddleback College, also on June 3rd. The Mission Viejo Film Festival is a showcase for talented filmmakers as well as a charity event where proceeds go to City of Hope’s Pediatric Center for Cancer Research and Treatment.
Los Alisos STEM Program Competes in Solar Competition
Sullivan Solar Power provided 10 solar powered car kits to the Los Alisos Intermediate STEM class to participate in the 2017 Southern California Junior Solar Sprint, which was held on May 20th in Encinitas. The program included countywide competitions, with San Diego students racing against Orange County and Riverside County students.
The Los Alisos STEM class, taught by Sean Fletcher, built the 10 donated cars over a 3 week period. Three teams were selected to enter the competition. The Los Alisos girls’ team advanced to the quarterfinals but missed placing in the semi-finals by less than 1/2 a second. The two girls, Emma Elliott and Cindy Ortiz, of Team Lobos 1 were recognized with awards at their school. The students believed it was a valuable learning experience and a lot of fun. A video of the day can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knbUIlLMmUE&t=17s
Intermediate School Students Visit Local Industries
All four SVUSD Intermediate Schools traveled to Saddleback College as well as a local industry partner on April 28th for a Job Shadow Day organized by Vital Link and Saddleback College. Over 150 students toured companies to learn about various industries. The companies visited were Canon, Edwards Life Sciences, The Mission Viejo Fire Department, MEA Forensics, Segerstrom Center and the Urban Workshop.