In December, students from area schools like Plaza Vista School competed in the Technology Applied Science Fair, which sponsors the contest for grades three to eight. Unlike most other science fairs, the Technology Applied Science Fair focuses on computer-based projects, like apps, websites and software programming. The results are quite inspiring, especially when considering the ages of their inventors. Said Plaza Vista teacher Scott Bedley, a 19-year veteran, “TAS Fair is the first of its kind in California. I wanted my students to enter a competition about using computers to create something new, but there was nothing I could find out there that fit my vision when I was searching, so I developed my own.”
And while it may be a locally-developed fair, the TAS attracted judges with serious resumes of their own. Rating the students’ efforts were representatives from area companies such as Blizzard Entertainment, Honda, Broadcom, Google and the Irvine Unified School District. The high-powered presence of cutting-edge participants rendered the proceedings a seriousness which sometimes can be lacking of other science fairs, which with their baking soda volcanos can best be described as merely fun. The TAS didn’t leave out the fun, but it also kept the focus on academics and innovation.
It’s just another example of how leaders in the Irvine area are always looking to innovate for our younger residents. It’s what makes places like Irvine and Quail HIll such incredible places to raise a family. Not only do we enjoy such world-leading companies like Honda and Blizzard but their outreach extends to Orange County workers of tomorrow.
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