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February 2011

MAES National Newsletter

MAES National Newsletter February 2011

Important Dates

MAES National Newsletter

MAES National Leadership Conference Memphis, TN April 6 to 9, 2011

February 2011 Edition nsc@maes-natl.org

Student Highlight of the Month David Barahona is a third year Computer Engineering student at the California State University of Long Beach and is the current Treasurer for the CSULB MAES student chapter. He started his

CSULB Computer Engineering Student David Barahona

participation with MAES in 2009 as the Freshman Representative and has worked hard in his studies and with MAES to get to where he is today. With a few of

the officers graduating in the next academic year, David is being considered as one of the next incoming Co-President for the Long Beach State MAES student chapter and will be attending the upcoming MAES National Leadership Conference in Memphis, TN. David has taken the initiative to expose himself more not only in MAES at Long Beach but also CSULB’s College of Engineering. David has become more involved with his engineering student council, the Associated Engineering Student Body (AESB), by being nominated to head a committee in their first annual Engineering Week (eWEEK) celebration during the week of February 21st -25th . The committee is organizing a series of engineering competitions

hosted by the AESB to promote engineering and provide students a fun opportunity to demonstrate their skills. In order to prepare himself as the incoming president for the next academic year, David was elected co-chair for the CSULB MAES Science Extravaganza, to be held in April 2011. David is looking forward to continue being involved with MAES for many years to come and hopes for the opportunity to use some of the experience and ideas he has acquired to make MAES one of the most recognized and respected organizations.

Inside this issue:

Walt Disney Competition Walt Disney Imagineering has opened entry for its 20th ImagiNations competition, in which students from American universities and colleges can enter their designs for a uniquely diverse and creative Walt Disney theme park experience, while keeping in mind the desires and expectations of future guests. ImagiNations is an annual program designed and sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative arm of all Disney Parks and Resorts worldwide, which allows participants to showcase their talents and gain practical

MAES National Symposium Oakland, CA October 5 to 8, 2011

knowledge in design from leaders in immersive storytelling and themed entertainment. The finalist teams are awarded five-day all-expense-paid trips to Imagineering in Glendale, where they will present their projects to Imagineering executives, meet and network with technical and creative Imagineers, go behind the scenes of where Disney magic is created, and interview for paid internships. A position at Walt Disney Imagineering is often found on surveys of “dream occupations,” and the company uses ImagiNa-

tions as a way to reach out to the widest possible talent pool for its future. The top three placed teams will be awarded cash prizes with the first place team receiving $3,000. An additional $1,000 grant will be awarded to the first place team, to be equally divided among its sponsoring universities and/or organizations. Applications must be postmarked by March 4th, 2011. Information and application forms are available at www.disney.go.com/ disneycareers/imaginations.

Student Highlight of the Month

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Walt Disney Competition

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San Jose State University Science Extravaganza

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MAES Student Chapter Awards

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San Jose State University Science Extravaganza

MAES National Newsletter February 2011

By Flor Favela After many months of planning, SOLES and MAES Bay Area managed to put on the 10th annual Science Extravaganza. After an exceptional recruitment effort which included about 50 presentations in San Jose middle school classrooms, the SE committee was able to bring 375 participants. Students arrived early on Saturday, February 5, 2011 excited for the day’s activities and remained motivated the entire day. Throughout the day they interacted with college students, engineers, and scientists as they participated in hand’s on workshops. At SE, students went to three workshops. While half of the workshops consisted of the roller coaster competition, the other half were lead on by professionals who all gave their own unique workshop. The students enjoyed these unique workshops because students had the chance to learn something new in each one. Each student group attended two unique workshops. The last workshop was an SE-wide competition. Students worked in groups to design and build the best and most creative rollercoasters. The materials they were given were foam tubing,

Students eat lunch in the ballroom during Science Extravaganza. Photo taken by Victor Calderon

cardboard base and supports, wooden sticks, and tape. The passengers were simulated by a tiny marble. At the end of the day a winning team was announced and awarded prizes. Overall the students were very interested in the workshop and were excited to work with their teams and mentors to build the best coaster. During the closing ceremony, a raffle was held to give away extra prizes to students. The prizes ranged from tshirts to sweaters to backpacks

to board games and movies, to iPods, and finally a PS3 game console. Overall SE went very smoothly this year. This was largely due to the help of the many volunteers from SJSU clubs such as BASE, SWE, MEP, and several Greek organizations. SE also had MAES volunteers who came as far as CSU-Long Beach and UC Davis. Key note speakers included Luis Franco from HP, Lino Gonzales from Genentech, and Dr. Emily Allen, Associate Dean to the College of Engineering at SJSU. We believe SE accomplished our mission of exposing underrepresented students to science and engineering and motivate them about college. Now to relax for a bit before planning for another awesome SE begins!

Students build roller coasters in the SE-wide competition. Photo taken by Victor Calderon


MAES National Newsletter February 2011

MAES Student Chapter Awards Professional Development UC Davis •Bomba Blast- a resume writing event along with mock interviews •Periodic Professional visits and representation at meetings Outreach UTEP •Has established a Junior Chapters – Center for Career Technology Education •Set groundwork for two additional juniopr chapters at Mountain View High and Americas High •Added NASA Space Day as an outreach event in addition to an already successful Science Extravaganza increase student flow to about 1000 students.

Chapter Development—Most Improved MIT •1st year chapter •25 Members Strong •Managed to host a Science Extravaganza in opening year •Is helping neighboring chapter of Harvard and Tuffs

Extravaganza after 6 years, Mock Interviews, Dia de Los Niños, MAES-Precollege and an End of year Banquet

Chapter of the Year CSULB •Has come back from the dead •Huge Showing at Symposium 2009 •Many Scholarship Winners •Many Club Activities – Beach Bonfires, Red Bull Soap Box Race, Regional Holiday Potluck, Winter Retreat, Kickball tournaments, Viva Technology Science

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