Local

March 28, 2014

ITEA celebrates 2014 grant recipients

Tags:
Rebecca Amber
Staff writer

The Odyssey of the Mind teams and sponsors listen as the Scorpion Robotics Team presents the technology in their robot Scoop Da Whoop.

The Antelope Valley Chapter†of the International Test and Evaluation Association celebrated their 2014 Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics grant recipients March 19.

The group enjoyed Subway sandwiches in the Chapel One Annex and watched presentations by the honorees.

This year’s grant recipients were the Branch Elementary School Mathletes, the Desert Junior-Senior High and Branch Elementary Odyssey of the Mind teams, and the Desert High Scorpion Robotics team. Each team received $500 totaling $2,000 in grant money to the Edwards schools.

Pam Tanck, President of the AV Chapter ITEA, explained that each grant recipient had to submit a proposal telling why they needed the funds and how they intended to use the money. This year, due to limited funds, ITEA members decided that only base school groups would be considered.

“This year we did not get money like we’re used to so, we didn’t have enough to distribute to many schools,” said Tanck. “We didn’t feel like it would be fair to make all these kids write all these proposals when we didn’t have the money to distribute, so we made a decision to take whatever related projects that were going on here on the base, since that’s our core group.”

The Scorpion Robotics Team Captain, Geoffrey Holmes, Grade 12, demonstrates the scooping mechanism on the teamís robot.

Though the Mathletes team was unable to attend the luncheon, members of the Robotics and Odyssey of the Mind teams shared what they have done as a team and what they can expect at their next competitions.

Michele McCormack, kindergarten teacher at Branch Elementary School and Odyssey of the Mind third grade coach, said that it costs over $1600 just to get the team to their next competition.

The Antelope Valley chapter of ITEA has given away more than $180,000 in educational grants since their founding in 1996.

“Because this base is really oriented towards test and evaluation, the International Test and Evaluation Association has been one of the groups that’s been really instrumental in making sure that all the people that are involved in testing here at Edwards have a professional organization to go to and to help with keeping up with all the technology,” said Tanck.

The Desert Junior High and Branch Elementary Odyssey of the Mind teams and Desert Junior High Scorpion Robotics team each received a $500 grant from the International Test and Evaluation Association, Antelope Valley Chapter, March 19.

According to Tanck, one of the “big things” the AV Chapter does is an annual workshop, which brings in between $10-$20,000 dollars which is used to support STEM-related programs in the local schools. Due to budget problems, the 2013 workshop was postponed for one year and the next workshop will be held in Las Vegas this May.

“We bring together people from all over the country that are experts in various aspects of test and evaluation and a lot of folks take these workshop classes and learn about what’s coming up and†what new things in technology†can be used†for test and evaluation,” said Tanck.

Tanck shared that she “loves” the Robotics and Mathletes teams because they are “really engineering projects.”

“I know other members really like the Odyssey of the Mind [teams] because they teach the kids quick, on-their-feet thinking, how to solve abstract kind of problems, the people sort of problems, how you coordinate a group, which is also important. It’s another aspect of engineering,” sad Tanck.

“We try, every year, to clean out our bank account,” said Tanck. “We try to make sure everything we’ve got goes out to schools. We just want to make sure everything we take in we get right back out as soon as possible.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs February 27, 2015

Library closure The Base Library will be closing early Feb. 28 for an official function. Hours of operation will be 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day. For more information, call 661-275-2665. Blood drive The next American Red Cross Blood Drive on Edwards AFB is 10 a.m.-4 p.m., March 4 in the Chapel 1 Annex. Both...
 
 

Just American: A century of Black life

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted Harvard-trained historian Carter Woodson. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially...
 
 

Leadership development program nominations due March 16

Nomination packages for majors and major-selects interested in the Defense Department 2015-2016 Executive Leadership Development Program are due to the Air Force Personnel Center by March 16, officials announced. The program, designed specifically for highly motivated officers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership ability, commitment to public service and integrity, and who have an inter...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka

C-12 pilots take to skies at Edwards

Air Force photograph by Bobbi Zapka Edwards AFB is home to the U.S. Air Force C-12 school house. Referred to as a split school house, when an individual is assigned to fly an Air Force C-12 Huron, they spend three weeks in Alab...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi

AF senior leaders caution against sequestration

Air Force photograph by Jim Varhegyi Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III answers a question about the fiscal year 2016 President’s Budget request during a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on D...
 
 

Soldier, retirees win big with Exchange’s ‘Your Holiday Bill Is On Us’ contest

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service made dreams come true for three grand-prize winners of the MILITARY STAR® “Your Holiday Bill Is On Us” sweepstakes—and for one young Soldier from Fort Bliss, winning has changed her life. As a grand-prize winner, Sgt. Kakala Loketi had her MILITARY STAR® account paid in full. During a...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>