More than 70 incredible teams submitted their thoughtful analyses, using crime data sets from real police departments in Baltimore, Seattle, and Cincinnati.
As the Best Overall High School winners, they will have an opportunity to share their recommendations with the Seattle police department! Additionally, each team member will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and commemorative T-Shirt.
Eight students and two mentors traveled to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to compete in the XPRIZE Competition. Shortly after their arrival on Saturday, November 18, they went out to sea to launch their AUVs in front of the judges. That day, everything that could have gone wrong, went wrong. Their AUV shorted out and would not start, and the second AUV in the water had a bad battery and became disabled. On its way back in, the above surface vehicle that Florida Atlantic University was testing ran aground and was disabled. The team worked all night to get one AUV working, and the above surface vehicle was repaired in the morning.
Monday morning, Dr. Daugherty arrived and gave a devotion from Isaiah 51:15-16 and 52:6-7 with the students, XPRIZE judges and partners. He challenged us to believe the Creator of the heavens and the Earth can give divine downloads and help them succeed if they checked their motives and recommitted their efforts “as unto the Lord” and His purposes. They prayed together that all they did would glorify our Lord and bring transformation to education. God answered our prayers! The rest of the day every test they ran SUCCEEDED! The XPRIZE judges were impressed and amazed.
On the final day they had one last requirement. They were able to get their mapping data and the software to run it on the morning of the last day of the evaluation. They also met every requirement and received sign off by the XPRIZE judges! They completed 10 of the 11 requirements, and the last one is something they have until January to complete. Their AUV was deployed autonomously by their surface vehicle, which is the first time this has ever been done!
Thank you to everyone who prayed and supported the team throughout the competition. They have a very good chance of moving onto the final round which will be another XPRIZE record! Results will be available in March 2018.
Valley Christian High School has some of the best high-school mathematicians in the country, as demonstrated by their 5th-place finish in the 2017 Team Scramble, a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment & Testing. Coaches Claudia Smith and Ted Shim prepared students for the first major competition of the academic year, in which 44 VCHS Math Club students worked furiously for thirty minutes, racing to answer one hundred problems in a variety of mathematical topics.
After results from students across the nation were processed, one Valley Christian High School student received an individual award on the Fall Startup Event. Vittal Thirumalai placed 3rd in the 10th-grade division.
Valley Christian High School will be participating in all four of National Assessment & Testing’s contests this year, including the 2017 Ciphering Time Trials on December 7th and 2018 Four-by-Four Competition on February 1st.
AMSE COMMUNITY OBSERVING NIGHT
TIME CHANGE: 6-8PM
Time change for event: 6:00-8:00PM
Our VCJH Algebra 1 students played "Slope-Intercept Rummy" to practice matching slopes, y-intercepts, equations, and verbal descriptions to graphs. Sometimes math - and learning - actually is all fun and games!