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Harness The Wind! Tech Challenge Set Saturday for Napa Schoolkids

The Napa Tech Challenge is an opportunity for middle and high-school kids to team-up, design, build and compete with their own solutions to solve a real world problem.
The Napa Tech Challenge is an opportunity for middle and high-school kids to team-up, design, build and compete with their own solutions to solve a real world problem.

Middle and high School students from across Napa Valley Unified will take part in the first annual Napa Tech Challenge Saturday, April 26 at Vintage High School. 

The Napa Tech Challenge is an opportunity for middle and high-school kids to team-up, design, build and compete with their own solutions to solve a real world problem. 

NapaLearns.org and NapaTechChallenge.org have partnered with the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose to bring you this year’s “Tech Challenge.”  

The challenge this year is to harness the wind to move water. 

The test rig is located at Science Teacher Heather Brooks’ classroom at Vintage High School. 

Starting at 8:15 a.m., students from River Middle School and Napa and Vintage High will gather to try and move water using science, technology, engineering and Math concepts (STEM). 

According to the US Department of Education: The United States has become a global leader, in large part, through the genius and hard work of its scientists, engineers and innovators. 

Yet today, that position is threatened as comparatively few American students pursue expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)—and by an inadequate pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects. 

President Obama has set a priority of increasing the number of students and teachers who are proficient in these vital fields. 

Each year, The Tech Museum of Innovation out of San Jose, creates a contest that challenges the San Francisco Bay Area youth to solve real world problems. 

The Tech Challenge has been running for over 27 years, and last year had more than 3,000 students compete. 

NapaTechChallenge.org, part of the NapaLearns.org organization was created to bring The Tech Challenge to Napa Valley students.

 

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