Local Nonprofit’s Fundraiser Enables Trip of a Lifetime for Young Tampa Inventors

TechStart Tampa Bay, a not-for-profit using technology to inspire at-risk children, will sponsor five area students for invitation-only, National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurial Expo in Washington D.C., #NICEE16

TAMPA, Fla. – May 17, 2016 – TechStart Tampa Bay, a nonprofit 501(c)3 inspiring local at-risk youth through technology, announced today that the organization has reached its fundraising goal to sponsor five Tampa Bay area student inventors for a trip to the invitation-only, National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurial Expo (NICEE) in Washington D.C.

Ranging from 11 to 14 years of age, each aspiring inventor was selected by TechStart Tampa Bay – three due to their winning performances in the USF Young Innovators Competition that included over 700 entries. Two additional students were chosen by STEM Specialist Laura Spence of the Pinellas County Schoolboard, as a reward for their creativity and dedication to innovation.

Once the student selection was announced, TechStart Tampa Bay, in realizing the monetary needs required for such a trip, jumped into action. The nonprofit established a fundraiser on National Give Day on Tuesday, May 3 and through various donations, including a match donation from the STEMIE Coalition, reached its goal in just under one week – solidifying the trip of a lifetime for the young, local inventors.

“We’re excited and incredibly proud to assist these young, creative minds in showcasing their inventive and entrepreneurial spirit,” said TechStart Tampa Bay Program and Event Director Akira Mitchell. “Attending this conference is a wonderful opportunity for them to expand their horizons, demonstrate Kodi App their imaginative and analytical abilities amongst peers, as well as inspire innovation to positively impact their futures, and potentially the worlds.”

When NICEE begins on Thursday, May 19 the five chosen students will converge with approximately 300 other students from across the country at the United States Patent and Trademark office to showcase their inventions and compete against one another. Inventions will be judged on its process, solution, impact, and presentation.

As part of their trip of a lifetime, the students will visit the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, attend an IMAX 3D viewing of the Journey to Space, and be visited by a top NASA official before NICEE concludes on May 21.

 

To learn more, visit TechStart Tampa Bay’s website , or TechStart’s Facebook .

For more info on NICEE, click here.

 

 

About TechStart:

Founded in 2001, TechStart Tampa Bay is a local not-for-profit 501(c)3 as part of TBTF’s philanthropic arm. The nonprofit’s mission is to provide opportunities, inspiration and education to at-risk students in the tri-county Tampa Bay area. Programs include school clubs that teach and fund coding classes, robotics competitions, 3D printing camps, and more.

Red Vector Exclusive Grand Prix Sponsor

Red Vector, the leading provider online education and training for a wide range of industries, was the exclusive sponsor for TechStarts Yacht club. This permitted employees, clients and the executive team the prestigious opportunity to watch the St. Pete Grand Prix from a yacht; fully stocked with food and beverages.

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More importantly their donation allowed 50 kids from Pierce Middle School to get a backstage tour of the St. Pete Grand Prix. The kids were able to talk with mechanics, engineers, drivers and sponsors to best understand the inner workings and the necessity of STEM to make the race come to life.

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For these kids, it opened their eyes into a new world of tech and engineering. They were able to understand how the classes and programs they are involved with today, can severely impact their career of the future. Plus they got the bonus of having a day off of school and sat in an actual race car.  It was a glimpse into the incredible fun they will eventually partake in. A glimpse they never would have realized if not for Red Vector.

 

See all pictures on TechStart’s Facebook.

SuperBowl Technology

Yes, there was a blackout at the Superbowl, BUT are you wondering about the exciting Technology at the Super Bowl? Here are some gadgets I discovered:

Video cameras:

  • 62 cameras (5 more this year) to cover every action of the game – directed by Mike Arnold for the third year for CBS.
  • 6 unique camera views to be played back on-screen at the same time, using multi-camera high-resolution playback tech called Mosaic.
  • 5 high-speed HEYEPER Zoom 4k cameras that can shoot at 300-500 frames per second at 1080i HD, according to TV Technology

Football Safety:

 Half-time Show:

  • LED paneled stage that allowed for amazing stage set. The stage moved vertically to create an incredible backdrop for Beyonce’s song “Baby Boy” – how cool!!

Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

  • Insane pyrotechnics and light show throughout the entire halftime performance

Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

  • Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams popped up from underneath the stage! (if you know more about this technology – please share)
  • Musical instruments (including the fiery electric guitar during “Crazy in Love”), click-tracks, amplifiers, monitors, wireless microphones, ear pieces, sound boards, etc. Music and technology go hand in hand.

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These are just a few of the many aspects of technology that goes into the production of the huge national event. Without the technological resources the Super Bowl would not be as amazing as it is today!

 

Sources:

http://mashable.com/2013/02/03/super-bowl-2013-numbers/

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/gallery/super-bowl-beyonces-halftime-show-417707#1