SAN JOSE, Calif. — Today at The Tech Museum of Innovation, nearly one thousand students engineered devices to extinguish a simulated wildfire for the 18th annual Tech Challenge, sponsored by Cadence Design Systems (company) Cadence Design Systems – A company that sells electronic design automation software and services.
See also Verilog. . The 5th through 12th grade student competition, held today in San Jose, challenges these future innovators to apply scientific principles in tackling a real world problem.
“Based on The Tech’s ‘Design in Mind’ learning model, Tech Challenge is unique in that it empowers students to work through open-ended problems that adults are still trying to solve. Through the design process, these kids apply a new understanding of physics, electricity, and even robotics to get the job done,” said Craig Baker, Vice President of Learning Experiences at The Tech. “It’s the process of working in a team, perseverance of working toward a solution, and application of scientific principles that sparks their creativity and cement their futures as innovators.”
For their fast completion of the challenge, thorough design journals, costumes, and overall spirit, top honors went to:
Elementary: Blazinators, Warm Spring Elementary in Fremont
Middle School: Pineapples Under the Sea, Castilleja Middle School in Palo Alto
High School: Olympus, Los Altos High School There are two high schools in California sharing the name Los Altos:
- Los Altos High School (Hacienda Heights, California)
- Los Altos High School (Los Altos, California)