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May 19, 2015 | Announcements

Discover the possibilities of 3D printing in the latest issue of IEEE Spark! Learn how 3D printing is changing healthcare, meet a doctor who is using 3D printing to save lives, 3D-print a map, and see how libraries are connecting students to 3D printing technology.

Read this issue!

May 15, 2015 | Student Opportunities

Interested in cyber security? Check out one of these competitions now open for registration in the UK and the US.

CyberCenturion (UK)

CyberCenturion sits between the existing Cyber Security Challenge schools program for secondary schools and the main Challenge competition program and has been designed to inspire future professionals towards careers in cyber security. It is a chance for anyone interested in the world of cyber security to get their first real experience of the scenarios and challenges existing professionals have to undertake on a daily basis.   CyberCenturion is modeled after the U.S. CyberPatriot program. A video describing the online and in-person rounds of the CyberPatriot competition can be found here: CyberPatriot Video. The competition is played in teams.

Learn more at: http://cybersecuritychallenge.org.uk/competitors/cybercenturion/

​​CyberPatriot (US)

​​CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program.  There are three main programs within CyberPatriot: the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, AFA CyberCamps and the Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative. CyberPatriot was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire high school students toward careers in c​ybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.

Learn more at: http://www.uscyberpatriot.org/home



May 8, 2015 | Student Opportunities

Together with LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic, Google is calling on all young researchers, explorers, builders, technologists and inventors to try something ambitious. Something imaginative, or maybe even unimaginable. Something that might just change the world around us.

Students around the world ages 13-18 can submit projects online across all scientific fields, from biology to computer science to anthropology and everything in between. Prizes include $100,000 in scholarships and classroom grants from Scientific American and Google, a National Geographic Expedition to the Galapagos, an opportunity to visit LEGO designers at their Denmark headquarters, and the chance to tour Virgin Galactic’s new spaceship at their Mojave Air and Spaceport. This year we’re also introducing an award to recognize an Inspiring Educator, as well as a Community Impact Award honoring a project that addresses an environmental or health challenge. 
The deadline to apply is 19 May 2015. 

To learn more visit: https://www.googlesciencefair.com

May 1, 2015 | Innovations

IBM researchers have developed a new semiconductor chip that brings us one step closer to the development of a practical quantum computer. The chip integrates four qubits, the basis of quantum computing, in a two by two, 2-D grid. Qubits are bits that can exist as a 1 and a 0 simultaneously (known as a superposition state), offering quantum computers the possibility of making simultaneous calculations. Quantum computers would likely involve grids of hundreds or thousands of qubits working together to perform calculations. IBM's chip is unique in that it allows for the recognition of both kinds of quantum errors known as: bit flips (when a qubit representing 0 changes to a 1, or vice versa) and phase flips (the distortion of the superposition state of a qubit). The square arrangement of IBM's chip is also noteworthy, in that it has the potential to be scaled up. The chip's circuits were created from a metal that displays superconducting properties when cooled to temperatures slightly above absolute zero. The researchers have already begun experimenting with a scaled-up version of the chip containing eight qubits in a two by four grid. 

April 24, 2015 |

Scholarship Mission: To encourage and promote undergraduate college students interested in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) field by providing a one-time monetary scholarship to the scholarship applicant who appropriately meets the criteria below and as selected by the designated oxyGEN scholarship committee. All applicants who meet the criteria and deadline will be considered, regardless of major or area of study. The number and value of scholarships awarded each year will vary based on the number of quality applicants received and the funds available. NOTE: At least one (1) recipient will receive a one-time scholarship in the amount of no less than $1,000. 

1. DEADLINE for scholarship applications is Sunday, May 31, 2015 5:00 pm CST. (no exceptions) 
2. Refer to application criteria and process below for a list of the supporting documents required. 
3. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
4. The final selections will be announced on July 1, 2015. The recipients will be notified prior. 

Note: Scholarship funds will be awarded to the student's institution, upon evidence of registration in classes. This includes student identification number and correct address of school's Bursar's Office. 

2015 Scholarship Criteria: 
A. Applicant must be a graduating High School Senior for the 2014-2015 Academic Year or a current undergraduate college student 
B. Applicant must plan to attend an accredited college (2-year or 4-year) for the 2015-2016 academic year 
C. GPA Requirement: 2.5 
D. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident 

Application Must Include:

  • Fully completed application
  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, or current oxyGEN member with no relation to the applicant
  • A copy of your most recent transcript to verify GPA and education status
  • Personal Essay or Personal Video
  • Please email copies of your most recent transcript as well as letter of recommendation to oxygenscholarship@gmail.com after you submit the online application. Please make sure to include your confirmation number (which you will get after you submit this application) on all your documents.

April 24, 2015 | Innovations

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have used a 3D printing technique, know as direct ink writing, to create a new kind of graphene aerogel that has applications ranging from energy storage to electronics. Aerogels, also known as "frozen smoke", are esssentially gels where the liquid has been replaced by a gas. The resulting material is ultra lightweight, compressible, highly conductive, mechanically stiff, and has a high surface area. Previous attempts at creating graphene aerogels resulted in random structures which could not be tailored for specific applications. The graphene aerogel shows much promise for developing  better batteries, sensors, and nanoelectronics. 


April 16, 2015 |

NYC's DOE is seeking companies / organizations in New York City to host high school students students studying software engineering for a six-week job shadow / internship program June 29th – August 7th. The program, "Pathfinders," is an integral part of DOE’s efforts to prepare students for the 21st Century workforce, providing students with valuable exposure to potential career paths and context for their schoolwork. The students are paid thanks to a generous donation from the AT&T Foundation so there’s no cost to host organizations. To apply to be a host organization, please visit http://bit.ly/ApplyPathfinders or contact Richard Robbins at rich@upperweststrategies.com.

NYC DOE needs you!! Sign up to host software engineering HS students for summer internship program. Info at http://bit.ly/ApplyPathfinders

Moley Robotics
April 14, 2015 | Innovations

London-based company Moley Robotics recently unveiled the first robotic kitchen, which can prepare gourmet dishes at the push of a button. The system uses two articulated robotic hands designed by Shadow Robotics, in a specially designed kitchen equipped with a stovetop, dishwasher and sink. Containing 20 motors, 24 joints and 129 sensors, the hands can be programmed to mimic 3D recorded movements of a human chef preparing a meal. The hands can manipulate utensils, cookware, and ingredients; and be taught to mix, stir, chop and even clean up afterwards. During a recent demonstration, the robo-chef prepared Tim Anderson's (2011 winner of the U.K.'s MasterChef) crab bisque recipe from scratch. The company has plans to establish a digital library of 2,000 recipes to which users can record and upload their own creations. The robotic kitchen is anticipated to be sold to the public in 2017 for a cost of about US $15,000.


April 3, 2015 | Student Opportunities

Adventures of the Mind is an achievement-focused mentoring camp for the most promising high school students in the country to meet each other while spending several days meeting, greeting, challenging, conversing, and dining with an accomplished Faculty of Mentors.
Approximately 200 students, age 15-18, are competitively selected to participate in the summit where they explore their potential with ~ 50 mentors representing a diverse group of accomplished innovators: astronauts,  scientists, engineers, MacArthur Fellows, entrepreneurs, inventors, Nobel laureates, programmers, scholars, and tech titans.  There is a ratio of one mentor for every five students that enables significant conversations and interactions that can be life changing for these students. 
Adventures of the Mind seeks exceptional students, going beyond the traditional measures of achievement (grades and test scores) by asking teachers to nominate a teen whom they know to be exceptional, regardless of learning disabilities, socioeconomic factors, or other obstacles that may obscure the students’ true potential.  Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann said of Adventures  “It is like Davos or TED with amazing high school students.”  Since 2003 more than 700 students, from every state in the nation, have joined 113 mentors at Adventures of the Mind programs.
Adventures is proud to be hosting a Google Hackathon during the summit at Rosemont this year. The event will take place on August 4th and will feature Google engineers and designers who will help student Adventurers to bring their ideas to life.
The 2015 Adventures of the Mind summit will be held:
August 2-9 2015
Rosemont College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$2,975 summit fee (includes food & lodging)
Note: scholarships and travel grants are available to qualifying students.  These scholarships are named after Adventures of the Mind Nobel laureate faculty to include  Gell-Mann (physics) who we served with on PCAST, Chalfie (Chemistry), Greider (medicine), Maskin (economics), Running (peace), and Mullis (chemistry).
Application submission date:  June 15, 2015

Image Credit: University of Twente
March 23, 2015 | Innovations

Spherical gold particles are able to ‘drill’ a nano-diameter tunnel in ceramic material when heated. This is an easy and attractive way to equip chips with nanopores for DNA analysis, for example. Researcher Lennart de Vreede of the University of Twente applied a large number of microscopic discs of gold on a surface of silicon dioxide. When heated up for several hours, the gold is moving into the material, perpendicular to the surface, like nanometer-sized spheres. Nine hours of heating gives a tunnel of 800 nanometers in length, for example, and a diameter of 25 nanometer: these results can normally only be acieved by using complex processes. The gold can even fully move through the material. All nanotunnels together then form a sieve. Leaving the tunnel closed at one end, leaves open the possibility of creating molds for nano structures. Once heated to close to their melting point, the gold discs – diameter one micron -, don’t spread out over the surface, but they form spheres. They push away the siliciumdioxide, causing a circular ‘ridge’, a tiny dam. While moving into the silicondioxide, the ball gets smaller: it evaporates and there is a continuos movement of silicondioxide.

In DNA-sequencing applications, De Vreede sees applications for this new fabrication technology. In that case, a DNA-string is pulled through one of these nano-channels, after which the building blocks of DNA, the nucleotides, can be analysed subsequently. Furthermore, De Vreede expects the ‘gold method’ to be applicable to other ceramic materials as well. His recent experiments on silicium nitride indicate that. Research has been done in the BIOS Lab-on-a-chip group, part of two research institutes of the University of Twente: the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology and the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine.


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