Special Olympics Vermont Names Norwich University 2016 Organization of the Year

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Dec. 20, 2016

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University has been named Organization of the Year by Special Olympics Vermont. The university was recognized at an annual awards luncheon held on Sunday, Dec. 11, at the Killington Resort.

“Norwich University has been an important partner of Special Olympics Vermont for many years, hosting two annual sports events and providing volunteer support at numerous other events including the well-known Penguin Plunge,” said Lisa DeNatale, President and CEO of Special Olympics Vermont. “The support that faculty, staff and students at Norwich University provide advances our mission by enhancing the lives of Special Olympics athletes all across the state.”

Norwich University has been partnering with Special Olympics Vermont since the university began facilitating a soccer event at nearby U-32 Middle and High School in 1986, until the event moved to Norwich in 1989, where it has continued. Norwich has hosted Special Olympics Vermont’s Annual Basketball Tournament for 15 years, and the Young Athletes Program over the past 10 years. This year, Norwich’s partnership with the athletes grew to include hosting the Unified Schools Soccer Tournament and the inaugural Fall Games. Between those events and the annual Penguin Plunge, approximately 100-200 Norwich students work with Special Olympics Vermont athletes and programs annually.

New this year, Norwich University’s Center for Civic Engagement oversees a student-run organization dedicated to partnering with Special Olympics Vermont called Unify, which meets weekly with local athletes and allies to train and build skills around various sports and general physical fitness and wellness.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to work with the administrators, volunteers, and athletes at the Vermont Special Olympics,” Norwich Professor of Physical Education Thomas Roberge said. “Our partnership with the Vermont Special Olympics has been tremendous for our campus, students, and student-athletes and has benefitted each in many ways.”

Special Olympics Vermont recognizes outstanding athletes, volunteers, and partners at its annual awards banquet. An Organization of the Year has been recognized by Special Olympics Vermont since 2004. Past recipients include Waitsfield Telecom, Dealer.com, and various Rotary clubs and civic groups around the state.

Special Olympics Vermont is part of a global movement that works year round to foster acceptance and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities by using the power of sport to showcase their gifts and abilities. In 2016, 1,126 athletes and Unified partners competed with Special Olympics Vermont in 12 Olympic-type sports. Training and competition opportunities are available in all 14 counties and 64 Unified Champion Schools in Vermont.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich to Host Annual Vermont FIRST LEGO League Championship

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Dec. 2, 2016

Norwich University will host the annual Vermont FIRST LEGO League (FLL) championship on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, in Shapiro Field House beginning at 9 a.m.

Founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST® LEGO® League is designed to inspire children in science and technology through the use of robotics. Open to 9 to 14-year-old students around the world, teams are tasked with researching a real-world scientific issue and designing and building an original robot.

Norwich University established the state’s regional FLL affiliate beginning in 2013 hosting regional qualifiers and beginning in 2015 hosting the state championship event.

The Norwich event on Dec. 11 marks the second year of an independent FLL region in the state of Vermont. With 24 teams of up to 10 students each, along with coaches and parents, there will be much to see throughout the day, and spectators are encouraged to attend.

Using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technologies, student teams showcase the results of weeks of intense preparation as they deploy their robots to complete thematic challenges in autonomous robot matches. Teams connect with their local and global communities by using critical thinking, creativity, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM ) concepts to create and present innovative solutions to real-world challenges.

This year’s theme is “Animal Allies” and focuses on finding solutions to human-wildlife interactions.

Events are scheduled throughout the day:

  • Pre-registered team arrival | 8:00 am
  • Opening remarks | 9:00 am
  • Judged events start | 9:40 am
  • Robot matches start | 12:00 pm
  • Robot matches conclude | 3:30 pm (approximately)
  • Awards ceremony | 4:00 pm (approximately)

Norwich campus visits are available all day. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related exhibits begin after noon. The schedule is approximate and subject to change.

Opening and closing ceremonies, as well as robot matches, take place at Shapiro Field House. Event highlights include team presentations to judges on their robot design choices and on their innovative solution to an animal allies-themed community problem. Teams also complete challenges during the event to demonstrate their ability to work as a group—an important component of the competition.

While the robots often attract the most attention, a key aspect of the FLL program is its “Core Values” which, according to its website, “are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FLL from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.”

After teams check-in, State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Commissioner of Fish and Wildlife Louis Porter will give opening remarks at 9:00 a.m.

Team presentations begin at 9:40 a.m. and continue through 12:30 p.m. Robot matches begin at noon and run throughout the remainder of the event. The day will conclude with an awards ceremony around 4:15 p.m. Throughout the day spectators are welcome to visit the on-campus Sullivan Museum & History Center, the state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate; watch a NAO humanoid robot demonstration (pictured above); see demos from high school robotics teams (FRC and FTC invited), or tour Norwich’s 3D printing manufacturing lab.

For more information, contact the FLL team at FLL@norwich.edu, 802.485.2256.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

South Burlington team recognized for innovation as FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE® semi-finalist

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

June 15, 2016

FIRST® LEGO® League announced 20 semi-finalist teams would advance to the Sixth Annual FIRST® LEGO® League Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE®.

The Green Mountain Gears team from South Burlington, Vt., was selected from entries from 23 countries for their outstanding project innovative solution, the “Sorta Scrappy” app, which demonstrated originality while having the potential to add significant value in the world. The team will travel to Washington, D.C., from June 20-22 to present their innovation to expert judges.

Green Mountain Gears have participated in Norwich University’s FIRST® LEGO® League “sports for the mind” robotics competition for all three years it has been held in Vermont. The Green Mountain Gears were recognized with the Champions Award at the November 2015 Vermont State Championship and were subsequently nominated for the Global Innovation Award.

The “Sorta Scrappy” app – an innovation related to garbage – is available for free download on the Google Play and iTunes APP store. The team’s development process is extensively documented with photos on its website: www.greenmountaingears.org.

All semi-finalists will participate in a two day, hands-on innovation event at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which culminates in the awarding of the top prize of $20,000 USD from presenting sponsor XPRIZE® to continue work on their inventions; two runners-up will take home $5,000 each.

Green Mountain Gears are part of Teams of Innovative Problem Solvers (TIPS): http://www.tipsvt.org/, a non-profit that supports groups of children in problem solving competitions, such as FIRST and Odyssey of the MInd.  TIPS hopes to produce world class problem-solving teams of Vermont kids that qualify for national and international competitions to showcase their solutions and to start innovative businesses.

The FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE demonstrates that FIRST LEGO League teams emerge from the program as better visionaries and divergent thinkers—and yes, as actual inventors. Past winning teams have focused on helping people and changing lives—from a device that allowed a toddler with a hand difference to learn to write, to an erasable barcode that warns consumers of food spoilage, to a touch-based App allowing blind children to learn Braille unassisted.  The FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation teams are changing the world, one invention at a time.

FIRST LEGO League is an international program for 9 to 16 year-old children (ages vary by country) created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable career and life skills. Children work alongside adult Mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project.

Innovators and inventors play a critical role in growing our economy and improving our quality of life. The FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE is designed to encourage and assist teams with the further development of their original and important ideas for solving global issues. Inventions under consideration in the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Semi-Finals epitomize innovative thinking and the FIRST mantra More than RobotsSM.

The Global Innovation Award presented by XPRIZE, is sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton, John Deere, LEGO Education, NRG, Rockwell Collins, and in collaboration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

ABOUT FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $20 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior for Grades K-3. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org.

To learn more about the “FLL WORLD CLASS” Challenge, go to www.FIRSTLEGOLeague.org.

ABOUT THE LEGO GROUP

The LEGO Group is a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is still owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family who founded it in 1932.

The LEGO Group is engaged in the development of children’s creativity through playing and learning. Based on the world-famous LEGO® brick, the company today provides toys, experiences and teaching materials for children in more than 130 countries.

For more information, visit www.LEGO.com.

FIRST®, the FIRST® logo, FIRST® Robotics Competition, and FIRST® Tech Challenge are trademarks of the United States Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®). LEGO® is a registered trademark of the LEGO Group. FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. are jointly held trademarks of FIRST and the LEGO Group. ©2016 FIRST. All rights reserved.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich and VSAC team up on science and technology scholarships for Vermont students

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

May 4, 2016

Norwich University is partnering with the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) to offer science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) scholarships for qualified Vermont students beginning this fall.

Students identified by school representatives, including VSAC GEAR UP and Talent Search representatives within each high school, will be eligible to apply for this premier scholarship, which ranges from $25,000-$30,000 a year for each of four years.

Norwich University will award up to 30 STEM scholarships annually to qualified students. Students will also have access to need-based financial aid that can supplement scholarship awards.

The program and partnership with VSAC is designed to increase college enrollment for Vermont students. While Vermont has one of the highest high school graduation rates at 87.8 percent, postsecondary enrollment is reported as some of the lowest in the country at approximately 60 percent.

“The statistics show that the students who do not attain postsecondary education fall heavily into the lower-income, first-generation group,” Norwich University Vice President for Enrollment Management Greg Matthews said. “I think the reason these students do not attain is that colleges and universities haven’t provided the guidance and financial support required.

“VSAC as a partner is in all of the high schools with GEAR UP and Talent Search counselors. They are serving to introduce Norwich, assist with students visiting Norwich, and helping those students to access other resources afterward, while they are competing for STEM scholarships. Ideally, these students will go to Norwich, receive funding to afford Norwich, and get good-paying jobs in the high tech industries in Vermont so that Vermont is better positioned to retain its young talent.”

“Norwich University is really stepping up to address not only the issue of making a university education accessible to Vermonters but also of creating the paths to keeping highly technical and educated Vermonters in state,” VSAC President and CEO Scott Giles said.

In order to qualify, students must apply and be accepted to Norwich University in one of the following majors: Engineering (Civil, Construction Management, Electrical and Computer or Mechanical); Architecture (with a Master’s option that leads to licensure); Computer Security and Information Assurance; Computer Science; Biological Sciences (Biology, Exercise Science, Biochemistry); Chemistry; Physics or Mathematics.

Ninety-six percent of recent graduates from these majors have gone onto graduate school, employment or military service within eight months of graduation.

“Our graduates from these programs are leading satisfying and successful careers,” Matthews said.

Norwich was one of the first colleges in the country to teach engineering and boasts a world-class cybersecurity education program. The Norwich School of Architecture + Art is the only accredited architecture school in northern New England, and undergraduate research in the sciences and across disciplines has grown rapidly in the past 10 years.

In addition to being admitted to Norwich University, students will need to:

  • Complete the Norwich/VSAC scholarship application.
  • Visit Norwich University as part of a VSAC organized visit or by arrangement with the Norwich University Admission office.
  • Interview with a Norwich STEM Scholarship Representative.

GPA requirements for these scholarships begin at 3.3 on a 4.0 point scale, but exceptions may be made for students who are on an upward trend and are recommended by their Guidance Counselors, VSAC Counselors, Gear Up Counselors, or Talent Search Counselors.

“We are especially interested in students who like to learn while doing because of Norwich University’s highly interactive and experiential learning environment,” Matthews said.

For more information contact: VP for Enrollment Management Greg Matthews at 802-485-2741 or gmatthe2@norwich.edu or Director of Student Financial Planning Martin Daniels at mdaniel2@norwich.edu.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich to hold 57th annual Science Fair

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

March 1, 2016

Norwich University will once again host this year’s Vermont State Science and Mathematics Fair on Saturday, March 19. The day-long event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., anchored in Norwich’s state-of-the-art science complex, Bartoletto Hall, with an awards ceremony in Dole Auditorium starting at 2:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the fair showcases the work of Vermont public, private and homeschool students in grades 5-12 who have won local science and math fair competitions. The students will display projects that tackle questions and pose solutions arising from the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As such, organizers have renamed the fair to “VSTEM.”

The event marks the only state-wide science and math fair for middle and high school students, and because of its scope and prizes, it is the premier STEM competition for grades 5-12 in Vermont.

Each accepted project at the state-wide fair will be independently evaluated by at least three judges over the course of the morning to determine winners for medals, cash, trips to competitions beyond Vermont and scholarships.

Some 125 volunteer judges will be on hand. They include industry scientists and engineers, secondary education faculty, medical professionals, military personnel, retirees and other science-related professionals from across Vermont. All hold advanced degrees or have extensive experience in STEM fields.

Students compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes and $17,000 in trip awards and expenses donated by local organizations and $500,000 in scholarships to Vermont colleges. The fair is also affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair, and five other national and international competitions, which award additional prizes.

“Norwich was founded upon the practice of experiential learning and was one of the earliest schools in the nation to teach engineering,” said Carlos Pinkham, co-director of the Vermont State Science and Math Fair and professor emeritus of biology at Norwich University. “It is our joy and our responsibility to cultivate passion for scientific inquiry in the next generation.”

Sponsored by the Vermont Principals’ Association, VSTEM is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) education organization supported by Norwich University and more than 100 other Vermont organizations, colleges and industry partners, all sharing the common vision to excite young Vermont minds about the STEM fields and the opportunities available to them to complete their STEM education and careers in Vermont.

For more information, please contact Carlos Pinkham at (802) 881-3226 or pinkhamc@norwich.edu or Tricia Finkle at scifair@norwich.edu.

This event is free and open to the public.

ABOUT VERMONT PRINCIPALS’ ASSOCIATION

The Vermont Principals’ Association is a nonprofit alliance of education leaders who collaborate on mentoring, professional development and networking while overseeing Vermont’s co-curricular activities. The VPA coordinates the collective interests and needs of school leaders and enhances their professional growth and competency to help improve the quality of education for Vermont’s youth.

About Norwich University˜

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).www.norwich.edu 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich University announces new academic major in neuroscience

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

December 14, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University officials announced that beginning Fall 2016 the university will offer a new major of academic study, a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience.

A field that is interdisciplinary in nature, the Neuroscience program will expose students to a rapidly growing field at the intersection of Biology and Psychology, while also providing students a firm background in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. Neuroscience graduates will draw knowledge from a variety of specialties, effectively mastering the human nervous system from cellular, molecular, biochemical, cognitive and behavioral perspectives.

“Educating students about the human nervous system in health and disease will prepare them for managing the public health challenges of our global population,” Assistant Professor of Biology Megan Doczi says.

The director of the neuroscience program, Doczi conducts research into the developmental regulation of potassium ion channels in avian hypothalamic neurons, funded by the Vermont Genetics Network.

When asked why students should study neuroscience, Doczi said: “I think that unknown component of the nervous system and the brain, in particular, is what draws me to the discipline. And I hope I communicate that enthusiasm to my students as well. I just love when they ask questions that I can’t answer. Because nobody can answer some of the questions that they’re asking, and those are the questions that need to be asked.”

The new major will be housed in the College of Science and Mathematics.

Read more about Doczi and her thoughts on neuroscience here.

˜˜˜About Norwich University 

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu

Norwich Will Host Vermont FIRST LEGO League Championship

NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Updated November 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host the inaugural FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Vermont State Championship on Sunday, Nov. 15, beginning at 9 a.m. in Shapiro Field House. This is the third year in a row that Norwich is hosting a FLL event—previous events served as regional qualifiers.

Founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST® LEGO® League is designed to inspire children in science and technology through the use of robotics. Open to 9 to 14-year-old students around the world, teams are tasked with researching a real-world scientific issue and designing and building an original robot.

Using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technologies, student teams showcase the results of weeks of intense preparation as they deploy their robots to complete thematic challenges in autonomous robot matches. Teams connect with their local and global communities by using critical thinking, creativity, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM ) concepts to create and present innovative solutions to real-world challenges.

This year’s challenge is based on the theme “TRASH TREK,” which spurs teams to explore the world of trash from multiple facets, including collection, sorting and reuse.

The Norwich event on Nov. 15 marks the beginning of an independent FLL region in the state of Vermont. With 30 teams of up to 10 students each, along with coaches and parents, there will be much to see throughout the day, and spectators are encouraged to attend.

Opening and closing ceremonies, as well as robot matches, take place at Shapiro Field House. Event highlights include team presentations to judges on their robot design choices and on their innovative solution to a trash-themed community problem. Teams also complete challenges during the event to demonstrate their ability to work as a group—an important component of the competition.

While the robots often attract the most attention, a key aspect of the FLL program is its “Core Values” which, according to its website, “are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FLL from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.”

After teams check-in, FIRST President Don Bossi will give opening remarks at 9:00 a.m.

Team presentations begin at 9:40 a.m. and continue through 12:30 p.m. Robot matches begin at noon and run throughout the remainder of the event. The day will conclude with an awards ceremony around 4:15 p.m. Throughout the day spectators are welcome to visit the on-campus Sullivan Museum & History Center, the state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate; watch a NAO humanoid robot demonstration (pictured above); see demos from high school robotics teams (FRC and FTC), or tour Norwich’s 3D printing manufacturing lab.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
Office Tel: (802) 485-2886
Mobile: (802) 595-3613
dlarkin@norwich.edu 

 

Vermont State Science and Math Fair Reaches Critical Mass at Norwich

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Co-directed by Norwich University professor emeritus of biology Carlos Pinkham, the statewide event showcased creative, rigorous science projects by Vermont middle and high school students
Norwich University Office of Communications

March 30, 2015

Middle and high school Vermont science students converged on Norwich University on Saturday to compete in the 2015 Vermont State Science and Math Fair, now in its 56th year. Judges represented over 50 STEM partners from academia, industry and professional organizations.

The event is co-directed by Norwich University professor emeritus of biology Carlos Pinkham. “We are so passionate about fostering a love of the STEM fields from as early an age as possible,” he said. “Norwich University is the perfect setting for it.”

The all-volunteer organization awarded more than $9,000 in cash prizes and $300,000 in college scholarships on Saturday and provided nearly $15,500 to Vermont students and teachers to cover travel expenses to competitions outside the state this year.

In the biggest award of the day, three finalists were chosen to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh May 10-15 to compete for $4 million in prizes and scholarships. The Vermont winners were Nathan Kakalec and Sajani Sivakumar, both from South Burlington High School and the team of Ben Beagher and Vincent Moeykens from Windsor High School. Kakalec’s project used computer modeling to predict the outbreak of emerald ash borer in New Hampshire. Sivakumar’s project studied the effects of vitamin D on pancreatic cells under diabetic stress. Meagher and Moeykens studied whether a home computer server could compete with cloud-based services in terms of speed, cost and ease of use.

All three finalists were awarded Next Generation Scholarships to Norwich University.

Norwich to Host 56th Annual Vermont State Science and Math Fair

Norwich University Office of Communications

March 11, 2015

Norwich University will once again host this year’s Vermont State Science and Mathematics Fair (VSSMF) on Saturday, March 28. The day-long event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., anchored in Norwich’s state-of-the-art science complex, Bartoletto Hall, with an awards ceremony in Dole Auditorium starting at 1:30 p.m.

The fair showcases the work of Vermont public, private and homeschool students in grades 5-12 who have won local science and math fair competitions. The students will display projects that tackle questions and pose solutions arising from the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Accepted projects at the state-wide fair will be independently evaluated by at least three judges over the course of the morning to determine winners for medals, cash, trips and scholarships.

Some 125 volunteer judges will be on hand. They include industry scientists and engineers, secondary education faculty, medical professionals, military personnel, retirees and other science-related professionals from across Vermont. All hold advanced degrees or have extensive experience in STEM fields.

Students compete for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes and $17,000 in trip awards and expenses donated by local organizations and $900,000 in scholarships to Vermont colleges. The fair is also affiliated with the International Science and Engineering Fair, and five other national and international competitions, which award additional prizes.

The event marks the only state-wide science and math fair for middle and high school students in Vermont.

“We are so passionate about fostering a love of the STEM fields from as early an age as possible,” said Carlos Pinkham, co-director of the Vermont State Science and Math Fair and professor emeritus of biology at Norwich University. “And as the country’s oldest private military college, which is rooted in experiential learning, Norwich University is the perfect setting for it.”

The VSSMF, sponsored by the Vermont Principals’ Association, is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) education organization supported by Norwich University and more than 100 other Vermont organizations, colleges and industry partners, all sharing the common vision to excite young Vermont minds about the STEM fields and the opportunities available to them to complete their STEM education and careers in Vermont.

For more information, please contact Carlos Pinkham at (802) 485-2319 or pinkhamc@norwich.edu or Tricia Finkle at scifair@norwich.edu.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Vermont Principals’ Association

The Vermont Principals’ Association is a nonprofit alliance of education leaders who collaborate on mentoring, professional development and networking while overseeing Vermont’s co-curricular activities. The VPA coordinates the collective interests and needs of school leaders and enhances their professional growth and competency to help improve the quality of education for Vermont’s youth.

About Norwich

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu

Grants to Fund Pervious Concrete, Green Stormwater Solutions Research

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – A way to turn stormwater runoff into drinking water will be investigated in one of two recently awarded research grants to the David Crawford School of Engineering at Norwich University.

Both grant projects are overseen by Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Tara Kulkarni.

Kulkarni earned a pilot grant that funds her collaboration with a student research project led by senior civil engineering student Susan Limberg. Kulkarni, as the faculty adviser, wrote a proposal based on Limberg’s idea of developing pervious concrete filters to control stormwater runoff. One compelling component to their project is a filtration process aimed at transforming rainwater into drinkable water.

They received a Phase I, $14,957 grant from the P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability, a national-level competition offered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Limberg serves as a cadet first lieutenant, executive officer of Drill Company in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets and as president of the NU Society of Women Engineers. Working with Prof. Kulkarni as her advisor, Limberg will study the filtration component of the stormwater runoff project as part of her senior honors thesis. Norwich faculty who study economics and sociology are also supporting her research.

Meanwhile, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Kulkarni has received a $9,917 pilot project grant of her own via the University of Vermont’s National Science Foundation EPSCoR program.

The Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) is designed to fulfill the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) mandate to promote scientific progress nationwide.

Last month Kulkarni began work on her project, which aims to design a suitable model for Green Infrastructure/Low Impact Development (GI/LID) projects to manage stormwater in Vermont watersheds.

Her research is investigating stormwater issues across the Winooski River watershed with a special focus on Montpelier.

The research will involve undergraduate students at Norwich and engage two undergraduate classrooms in stormwater quality assessment and modeling related activities. In addition, K-12 students in four Vermont schools in Montpelier, Burlington, St. Johnsbury, and Williamstown as well as local area Girl Scouts groups will participate in water resource management and green infrastructure related activities as part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) educational outreach effort.

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Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.