The 2012 ROV (Remote-Operated Vehicle — underwater robot) Competition process is underway! The "mission" details will be announced soon, and will be posted here. In the meanwhile, here are some resources to get you started:
- The ROV website is www.materover.org; the MATE Center website is www.marinetech.org.
- The Monterey Regional Competition will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Monterey Peninsula College.
- For PVUSD teachers coaching ROV teams in grades 5–8, there will be a FREE teacher workshop on Saturday, February 4, 9am–5pm at MPC (more info and registration). Teachers will learn how to coach a team and build an ROV, and will receive free materials to build several ROVs. More details coming soon.
- There are several workshop opportunities for students to get help designing and building their ROVs.
- ROV coaches (teachers) can register their teams now.
Science Fair Project Resources
Here's a simple template (Word doc) for students to use to type up their project. Following the section templates are large titles. You can of course change fonts, font sizes, etc. but this should help save time for you and your students. When a student clicks on the link, have them then click on the Open button, and then Save the file into their U:\ drive — the networked file storage every student is provided. (Whether they're on a Mac or Windows machine, if they login as themselves, they should see their U drive. And since most school computers are "frozen" with DeepFreeze software, it's essential that they save their work in their U drive. The U drive also has the advantage of "following them anywhere," so that they can access their files when logged into any PVUSD computer.)
Let Ted Altenberg know what other resources you'd like to see posted here!
Free Scienced Fair Display Boards
Go to http://www.outreach-foundation.org/cgi-bin/other_cc1.cgi? c=Santa_Cruz, fill out the form, and you may get up to 150 free science fair display boards. They’re a bit smaller than the usual $4–$5 boards, but quite adequate; they’re white cardboard—and the price is right! UPDATE: They're now accepting requests on a "waiting list" basis... But several PVUSD science teachers have extras...
PVUSD Science Fair and ROV Projects Afoot!
As of November 2, we have the following schools enrolled to promote science fair projects and/or ROV teams:
- Amesti (SF)
- Calabasas (SF)
- Hall District (SF)
- H. A. Hyde (SF & ROV)
- Landmark (SF)
- Mar Vista (SF)
- Mintie White (SF)
- Ohlone (SF & ROV)
- Radcliff (ROV)
- Aptos HS (ROV)
- Aptos JHS (SF & ROV)
- E. A. Hall MS (ROV)
- Lakeview MS (SF)
Teachers: There's still room for more schools to get involved! Please consider stepping up to coach students — complete the application form today!
Now Accepting Applications for Science Fair & ROV Coaches / Coordinators!
(10/6/2011) Have you ever wished you had a Science Fair at your school, or that your students would compete in the County Science Fair? Do you wish you had some support to help make it happen? Well here you go: money and support to help you coach students and organize a school Science Fair!
Or, coach a team of students to compete in the Monterey Bay Regional ROV (Underwater Robots) Competition! This can be especially relevant to former Science Fair students who have now moved on to middle or high School.
For the fifth year, the MAIA Foundation (www.maiafoundation.org) is offering stipends to teachers to serve as science fair coaches, school Science Fair and/orMATE/ROV Teachers/Coaches/Coordinators.
The MAIA Foundation’s mission is to support the academic success of students from migrant and immigrant backgrounds, and is especially interested in seeing these students participate in science fairs and the ROV competitions.
PVUSD Science TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment) Ted Altenberg will work closely with you to help you coach and assist students, as well as plan and coordinate a school science fair and/or ROV team.
Science fairs and ROV competitions can be exciting and inspiring events for kids, and in some cases are life-changing experiences. We look forward to helping you bring these exciting opportunities to your students!
Contact Ted Altenberg if you have any questions.
County Science Fair Dates
|January 31, 2012||Deadline for K-8 Science Fair Coordinator to register for participation in the Santa Cruz County Science Fair. Contact Science Fair Coordinator at (831) 466-5812|
|February 16, 2012||Registration Deadline
5:00PM for all County Fair participants
|February 23, 2012||Scientific Review Committee Meeting|
|March 9, 2012||Project set-up at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds||2:00pm – 6:00pm|
March 10, 2012
|Interview and Judging:
Primary & Elementary
Junior & Senior
9:00 am - 10:30am
11:00am – 12:30pm
|Open to Public||5:00pm – 7:00pm|
Grades K – 3
Grades 4 – 5
Grades 6 – 8
Grades 9 - 12
|March 10, 2012||Project pick-up at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds||7:00pm – 9:00pm|
|March 11, 2012||Project pick-up at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds||9:00am – 11:00am|
|March 20, 2012||Awards Ceremony at Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium||7:00pm – 9:00pm|
|May 13-18, 2012||International Science & Engineering Fair||Pittsburgh, PA|
|April 30, 2012 – May 1, 2012||California State Science Fair
(For qualifying Junior & Senior division students only)
|Los Angeles, CA
California Science Center for more information
|Important Dates Flyer (print version)|