November 2015 to April 2016- MVROP Auto Tech Students National Winners in the "Solve for Tomorrow" Contest
It was another day and another plane ride for MVROP/ JLHS students as they traveled to accept the 2016 Community Choice Award in Washington D.C. at the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest Awards Luncheon attended by congressional leaders. As National Winners in the contest, Mission Valley ROP/James Logan High School was recognized for using STEM skills to design and construct a fully-functional, solar- powered charging station
Over the course of their visit, MVROP Instructor Eba Mohamed and students were able to meet and share their innovative project with Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA). Mission Valley ROP/James Logan High School was one of five schools recognized as a National Winner, selected from a pool of more than 4,100 schools. The school will now receive $120,000* in technology from Samsung.
View joint Mission Valley ROP/New Haven Unified School District press release here.
See students during their visit to our nation's capital in this video:
See Ann Woo, Director Corporate Citizenship for Samsung congratulate students on winning the Community Choice Award for the 2016 Samsung "Solve for Tomorrow" national STEM Contest.
To see more pictures, videos, and press for this unique and impressive display of student achievement, click Mission Valley ROP Facebook
Earlier in April...
After their impressive "pitch" presentation for the Samsung Solve for
Tomorrow Contest Event, students caught the attention of key White House
staff. Students were invited to participate in the final White House
Science Fair for President Obama. Over Spring Break, MVROP Instructor
Eba Mohamed and students rushed to build a scaled-down version of their
EV Solar Charging Station that could travel in a matter of days to our
nation's capital, Washington D.C. for this once in a lifetime
experience. In the end, students rose the occasion and wowed many top officials when sharing their concept, design, and overall solution to green technology.
View the video below showcasing MVROP/JLHS students representing all of California at the Samsung "pitch" presentation event on March 15 at the New York headquarters office. They wowed the judges with their design and construction of the first student-built EV Solar Charging Station.
Students in the MVROP Automotive Technology program at the James Logan High School location have been named the California state winners of the Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow” Contest. Samsung and its partners challenged instructors and their students to address a key academic challenge in our country: to increase the pursuit of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. The contest required students to illustrate the power of applying that knowledge to solve practical, real-world issues affecting their community.
The MVROP Automotive Technology program and its students brought to light that while Electric Vehicle (EV) and Plug in Hybrid Vehicle (PHEV) sales are booming in California, this technology creates a new problem. EV’s and PHEV’s do not create emissions while in use, but the electricity used to charge these vehicles primarily is derived from a dependency on fossil fuels for its creation, therefore having a negative impact on the environment and in our community. The proposed solution? Students would design a solar array and solar charging station using CAD software, then build and construct a full-size working solar charging station to charge all EV’s, including the class EV that is currently being built. This particular solar charging station would not be grid-tied, thus creating its own electricity from the sun and the ability to provide EV’s and PHEV’s with its daily charging needs. The EV solar charging station will be 100% sustainable and will serve as a 100% renewable energy source.
This unique vision, improving their local community and fostering STEM education in school, first landed the program as one of the five state finalists for California out of 4,100 applicants, earning them two Samsung Galaxy Tabs for their classroom. Now as the California state winner, MVROP instructor Eba Mohamed and students are the recipients of a minimum of $20,000 in Samsung technology benefitting their program, a Samsung laptop, Galaxy Camera, and Adobe software which will be used to create a three minute contest video. This video will document the design and construction of their solar charging station and will be submitted to Samsung for judging in the national portion of the contest.