Catlin Gabel sent two finalists this year to the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair held the week of May 11 in Los Angeles. Both Nikhil Murthy ’17 and Valerie Ding ’15 came home with awards.
Valerie Ding won four awards:
1. 4th Place Grand Award in Physics & Astronomy
2. 3rd Place Internationally & 1st Place Nationally (USA), SPIE International Society for Optics and Photonics
3. Top 6 Nationally, from American Association of Physics Teachers and the American Physical Society
4. New American University Provost Scholarship, Arizona State University (awarded to 22 projects nationally).
Nikhil Murthy won 2nd Place Grand Award in the category of Chemistry.
Congratulations, Nikhil and Valerie!
Four individuals and three teams of two and have made it to the top 46 Pacific Northwest Regional Finals of the International Youth Silent Film Festival. As finalists, their work will be showcased May 19 – 21, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland.
Congratulations to individual finalists freshman Gus Edelen O’Brien, and sophomores Søren Anderson, Becca Dunn, and Nic Bergen; and to team finalists freshmen Reuben Schafir and Vikram Nallakrishnan, Elena Lee and Zulema Young-Toledo, and Ben Waitches-Eubanks and Javin Dana.
The International Youth Silent Film Festival is a nonprofit organization that gives youth the opportunity to show their work at an annual competition. To purchase tickets, contact the Hollywood Theatre or call 503-281-4215.
Students in the PLACE urban studies class joined forces with students from Rex Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Oregon, to give a presentation about food security at a virtual international youth conference.
Other presenting groups were from Grand Rapids, Michigan; Medellin, Colombia; Lima, Peru; and Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The conference was at 6 a.m. PST, so the students from Oregon awakened at 4:30 to set up at Rex Putnam at 5:30 a.m.
The mayor of Grand Rapids addressed the conference and said he was grateful to have youth tackling the important issues of food sustainability and equity.
Representatives from the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability also attended the virtual conference from locales in Germany, Bangladesh, and Brazil.
The presentations were informative, the questions were rich, and everyone learned a lot about local food issues in different countries.
Catlin Gabel's CommuniCare Club strives to enable youth in the Portland area to expand and increase their opportunities in education. This year, they made grants to LifeWorks, Minds Matter, New Avenues for Youth, Shadow Project, and SMART.
The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer Care Foundation established the CommuniCare program in 1998 to help teens learn about philanthropy and the needs of their community through grant making.
Curtain at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Black Box Theater in the new Creative Arts Center
Admission is free
The band also ran a workshop. Here are some photos sent in by MyLinda King
The Flaming Chickens won the Chairman's Award at the Pacific Northwest District Championships, just as they had done at the Oregon State District competition. They will compete in St. Louis against the best teams in the world. Only three other teams from Oregon qualified for the world championships. The Chairman's Award recognizes the team that has done the most to increase the appreciation and expansion of STEM education in their communities. The Chairman's Award team of sophomores Iris Ellenberg and Jacob Bendicksen, and freshman Robin Attey did a fabulous job of presenting.
Daniel is one of three Oregonians and one of fewer that 200 students nationwide to make it to this level of competition. He placed in the 98th percentile—worldwide—of 9th grade students who took the qualifying test. All the best on your next set of exams, Daniel.
Catlin’s robotics team, the Flaming Chickens, won the Chairman’s Award at the Oregon State University district competition. This most prestigious honor is given to the team that "best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST,” the nonprofit that organizes the competitions.
Teams that win the Chairman’s Award run the best engineering outreach programs in the world, and the Flaming Chickens are no different. They run three offseason competitions each year in the Catlin Gabel gym, demo their robots at events around Portland, and give back to the community through projects like ScumBot, which is funded by the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams grant. They also contribute to the community – high school members coach Middle School LEGO robotics teams, and they’ll be showcasing their program at Spring Festival on May 4.
Pacific Northwest District Championship
Thursday, April 10 — Saturday, April 12
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission is free
Come cheer on the Flaming Chickens as they compete against 64 teams for a spot at the World Championships in St. Louis. The prime time to come is Saturday at 1:15 p.m. for the final rounds. If you come, be sure to check out the pit area in the basement where teams feverishly repair their robots between matches.
See schedules and live streaming links at http://oregonfirst.org/events/pnw-frc-championship/
Game animation video (sorry about the advertising at the start -- it's worth the wait)
The PFA’s Catlin Community Coding event was a great success, with more than 220 participants learning basic programming and processing skills. After an overview of what coding is all about and a shared meal, students from Honeybees to teens and their parents gathered around iPads and laptops to engage in a variety of online coding challenges. It was a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to explore the creative and inspiring world of programming through applications such as Lightbot, Scratch, App Inventor, and Flappy Bird.
Parent instructor Suresh Srinivas noted the tremendous energy in the room as children and adults engaged fully in grasping the concepts. A 1st grader got to the final level of LightBot. An adult exclaimed, "Yes, I got it!" Participants reflected on the evening with words like awesome, great, educational, and humbling.
The evening's agenda, which provides some great resources for learning about coding, is posted below.
The PFA extends a special thank you to the volunteer instructors and presenters: parents Suresh Srinivas, Matthew Galaher, Drew Bernard, Maggie Kean, Tim Rayle, and Adrienne Hill; faculty-staff members Robert Medley, Andrew Thomas, Johny Nguyen, José Ruiz, Meredith Goddard, and Rob van Nood; and students Aidan Bernard, Nate Sale, Soha Ahmed, Andrew Hill, Anaga Srinivas, Lukas Stracovsky, Roy Stracovsky, and Iman Wahle. We were thrilled to support an event that included families from all four divisions, food, and exploratory experiential learning. Thank you all for a fun evening.
Six CG students presented their science research at the invitation-only Northwest Science Expo at PSU: seniors Nick Petty and Kristin Qian; junior Valerie Ding; sophomores Nic Bergen and Anirudh Jain; and freshman Nikhil Murthy,
Nikhil placed 1st in chemistry and received the Outstanding Chemistry Project Award from the American Chemical Society. Nikhil's project was chosen to advance to the International Science and Engineering Fair.
Valerie placed 1st in physics and astronomy, won Best of Fair, and these awards: Outstanding Geoscience Award from the Association of Women Geoscientists; Outstanding Applied Chemistry Project Award from the American Chemical Society; Outstanding Chemistry Project Award from Iota Sigma Pi; the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry; the Sustainable Development Award from the Ricoh Corporation, and an OSU Engineering College scholarship. She qualified for the International Science and Engineering Fair at an earlier competition.
Anirudh placed 2nd in chemistry and received the Naval Excellence in Science and Engineering Award from the Office of Naval Research, US Navy and Marine Corps