NORDSON TECH TIME CHALLENGE

Participate in Nordson Tech Time School Challenge! A three-week program that challenges middle school students to solve a real-life STEAM problem in an essay or presentation format. Nordson Corporation hosts Tech Time annually in the Winter and is open to all Carlsbad middle school students.

How to Participate:

Step 1: To participate, find your middle school listed below.

Step 2: Read the question associated with your grade level, then write either an essay (1,000 words or less) or create a marketing brochure/poster that best illustrates your solution.

Step 3: Turn your response into your Science Teacher by Friday, Feb. 7. Be sure to include your name, grade level, and school name in the top right-hand corner of essay responses.

Step 4: Don’t forget to have fun and be creative!

The 2020 Tech Time Challenge is now closed. New challenge questions will be updated in 2021! 

Aviara Oaks

6th Grade: Pick three body systems and explain how they work together in the human body?

7th Grade: Create a product or invention to improve the environment.

8th Grade: Explain the importance of wearing helmets in contact sports using Newton’s Laws, and come up with a design of helmet that would minimize head injuries in those sports. Be sure to explain why your design would work as well.

Calavera Hills

6th Grade: Take on the role of an oxygen molecule being created through photosynthesis and exiting the plant. Then describe your journey as you enter the human body and travel through the lungs, blood vessels and heart on your way to the mitochondria of a single cell. End your story with the process of cellular respiration where you help to create energy (ATP) for the cell.
You can choose to either make a story or create a travel brochure.

7th Grade:How a person’s individual actions and habits can lead to a significant impact on that person’s community – and eventually – the planet? Create a poster to advertise your position. Include tips for people to follow that are based on the chemical, ecological, and/or biological topics you have learned this year.

8th Grade: What alternative energy source provides the most promise for our future? Why?

Valley

6th Grade: Design a children’s story book that explains how organisms get energy from the food they eat.
Valley 6th-grade essay responses are due Tuesday, Feb. 18. to your science teacher.

7th Grade: How can a person’s individual actions and habits lead to a significant impact on that person’s community – and eventually – the planet? Create a poster to advertise your position. Include tips for people to follow that are based on the chemical, ecological, and/or biological topics you have learned this year

8th Grade: What alternative energy source provides the most promise for our future? Why?

Winners of the 2020 Tech Time Challenge

Aviara Oaks

6th Grade Winner: Noelani Cinco                  This entry featured an amazing drawing depicting the Human Body Systems and Cell Organelles. The artwork was UNBELIEVABLE and gave some in depth descriptions of what is happening inside the human body.

7th Grade Winner: Thomas Brislin               This invention, called “Forest Cities” focuses on incorporating our lives into the world’s existing ecosystems, rather than tearing down forests to make room. By building on top of the trees, this will help with animals, healthier lifestyles, less pollution and
sustaining agriculture. Taking it back to nature and living off of the land.

8th Grade Winner: Nikola Nakic                  The best way to help minimize brain injuries would be a remodel of the current helmet by applying Newton’s Laws. This would include a lighter, dense material to absorb impact from a tackle and prevent injury to other players from the heavier plastic in current models and a redesign on the structure both internally and externally. These helmets
would take the force and distribute it more efficiently.

Calavera Hills

6th Grade Winner: Edwin Azpeitia       Journey of an Oxygen Molecule: this story, told in from the Oxygen molecule’s perspective is an educational and light-hearted look into how oxygen is created and enters a human’s body! Super fun and easy to read while learning exactly what is happening!

7th Grade Winner: Lisa Magill                    This poster gave a look into how our food choices impact animals. With many examples of how every day ingredients are compromising earth’s ecosystems. Examples included cutting down trees and casting nets that either harm or kill animals.

8th Grade Winner: Callia Chun                  Solar Power continues to be a sustainable, affordable alternative energy source that would be a great provider for years to come.

Valley

6th Grade Winner: Natalia Charvel            This children’s book was interactive, demonstrating what happens
during when you eat food and receive energy from healthy eating.

7th Grade Winner: Tabitha Evans                This poster featured took a pros & cons approach of how our actions impact the earth both negatively and positively. Every single decision in life has a subsequent
outcome and we need to be more earth friendly for our future.

8th Grade Winner: Javier Garcia                Solar Energy is one of the best options for a “brighter” more eco-efficient future. Utilizing this alternative energy source is cost effective, maintainable and most promising to be available.

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Nordson Corporation

We are incredibly thankful to the Nordson Corporation for its commitment to enriching the educational experience for every student in Carlsbad Schools.