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Ongoing Events

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon - The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. http://www.solardecathlon.gov/.



RealWorld-InWorld NASA Engineering Design Challenge - In this unique education initiative, students in grades 7-12 work collaboratively as engineers and scientists to solve real-world problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope and Robonaut 2. This work encourages students to explore and build skills essential for successful careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The RWIW Challenge runs during the academic year in two phases of project based learning and team competition.



Kavli “Save the World Through Science & Engineering” Video Contest - The Kavli Foundation is challenging Grades 6-12 students across the world to brainstorm and share their ideas! Students worldwide are invited to submit entries starting Nov 1, 2013 to the 2014 video contest, with cash awards and prizes for the top entries. The best videos will be shown at the USA Science and Engineering Festival during April 26-27, 2014, where hundreds of thousands of science fans are expected to gather in Washington, D.C. The first place winner will also receive a travel stipend to attend the Expo. http://www.usasciencefestival.org/2014-festival/2014-contests/kavli-video-contest-2013-2014.html.



Spirit of Innovation Challenge - This annual competition challenges high school student teams to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to develop the products of tomorrow. Along the way, coaches, world-renowned scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are there to mentor you and help turn your idea into a reality. http://conradawards.org/pages/competition.



Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision - The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision is a fun science competition that encourages students of all grade levels to imagine what technology might be like in the future. All it takes is a teacher sponsor like you to get your students excited and fuel their excitement for learning. http://www.exploravision.org/.



MATHCOUNTS - MATHCOUNTS is a national math coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement in every U.S. state and territory. https://mathcounts.org/sslpage.aspx.



FIRST Lego League - Introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
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Broadcom MASTERS - Broadcom MASTERS, sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, is a national science fair competition for 6th, 7th and 8th graders to inspire students to continue their studies in Math, Science, Technology and Engineering throughout highschool which will open exciting career pathways for them. The Broadcom MASTERS National Finals are held every fall in Washington, D.C. with a grand prize from the Henry & Susan Samueli Foundation of a $25,000 education savings bond. For more information, visit http://www.broadcomfoundation.org/masters.



Science Olympiad - Science Olympiad – Orange County - Science Olympiad tournaments are interscholastic academic competitions that consist of a series of individual and team events for which students prepare for during the year. The events are balanced among the science disciplines of chemistry, biology, earth science,
physics, and technology. For more information, visit http://soinc.org/.



Orange County Science & Engineering Fair - The OCSEF is an annual event organized to encourage the youth of our county to learn about science and to consider a career in science or engineering. The OCSEF is open to 6th - 12th grade students attending public or private schools in Orange County. For more information, visit http://www.ocsef.org .



Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) - Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) is nationally recognized for its innovative and effective academic development program. MESA engages thousands of educationally disadvantaged students so they excel in math and science and graduate with math-based degrees. MESA partners with all segments of California higher education as well as K-12 institutions. For more information, visit http://mesa.ucop.edu .



Upcoming Events

For Children and Families

Vital Link 4th Annual STEM & the Arts Career Showcase
Vital Link is hosting our 4th Annual STEM & the Arts Career Showcase

Vital Link invites middle school, high school and college students to attend the 2015 STEM & the Arts Career Showcase, a collaboration of corporate, education, and non-profit sponsors and exhibitors coming together to create an engaging and interactive career exploration experience emphasizing careers in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and the arts. The showcase, to be held in partnership with OC Fair Imaginology, is focused on providing students with opportunities to explore, discover, and connect to their future careers.

Dates and Times:
•Friday, April 24th - 9am to 3pm
•Saturday, April 25th - 10am to 5pm (Free Admission)
•Sunday, April 26th - 10am to 5pm (Free Admission)

Location: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

For Teachers

Ayala School of Biological Sciences Dean’s Distinguished Lecture
UCI Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture

“Regeneration – Pattern – Stem Cells”

Presented by Susan V. Bryant, Ph.D., Professor of Developmental & Cell Biology and Former Dean of the Ayala School of Biological Sciences
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.

Reception to follow: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Crystal Cove Auditorium, UCI Student Center
Abstract: As humans, we share many characteristics with our vertebrate relatives, including a similar body plan and similar developmental mechanisms. Among these relatives are animals that are capable of perfect regeneration of lost body parts. Professor Susan Bryant has focused her research on these animals in order to discover the mechanisms for regeneration. Over her career at UCI, she has been fortunate to have worked with outstanding graduate students, postdocs and faculty colleagues. Together they have been able to identify many common features of development and regeneration. In her talk Professor Bryant will discuss several of their key findings about how cells behave in response to injury so as to regenerate lost body parts. The most important of these principles of regeneration is the observation that a functional relationship exists between the control of growth and the control of pattern formation, a topic that Professor Bryant first started thinking about as a graduate student. Her talk will focus on how regulation of cell cycle kinetics controls pattern formation leading to regeneration, and how, when these processes become uncoupled, proliferation without pattern formation leads to cancer.

Reservations are required. Registration deadline is March 2nd. http://quad.bio.uci.edu/events/ayala-school-biological-sciences-deans-distinguished-lecture-mar-5/