Nordson Tech Time Challenge

2019 Nordson Tech Time Challenge

Have Fun with Tech Time Challenge!

Open to all Carlsbad middle school students!

Beginning Monday, January 21, you can participate in Tech Time Challenge,  a three-week middle school program that challenges you to solve a real-life STEM problem in an essay or presentation format.

At the end of the program, every Carlsbad middle school hosts an all-school assembly that showcases participants’ STEM solutions.

You could win several prizes including an Apple iPad!

How to Participate:

Challenge Runs: January 21 – February 8

  • Step 1: To participate, find your middle school listed below.
  • Step 2: Read the question associated with your grade level, then write either an essay (1,000 words or less) or create a marketing brochure/poster that best illustrates your solution.
  • Step 3: Turn your response into your Science Teacher by Friday, Feb. 8. Be sure to include your name, grade level, and school name in the top right-hand corner of essay responses.
  • Step 4: Don’t forget to have fun and be creative!

Aviara Oaks Middle School – (View PDF)

  • 6th Grade: Should we allow products with caffeine to be sold at school? Be sure to have a claim with evidence.
  • 7th Grade: Create a product or invention to improve the environment?
  • 8th Grade: What alternative energy source provides the most promise for our future? Why?

Calavera Hills Middle School – (View PDF)

  • 6th Grade: Take on the role of an oxygen molecule being created through photosynthesis and exiting the plant. Then describe your journey as you enter the human body and travel through the lungs, blood vessels and heart on your way to the mitochondria of a single cell. End your story with the process of cellular respiration where you help to create energy (ATP) for the cell. You can choose to either make a story or create a travel brochure.
  • 7th Grade: How a person’s individual actions and habits can lead to a significant impact on that person’s community – and eventually – the planet? Create a poster to advertise your position. Include tips for people to follow that are based on the chemical, ecological, and/or biological topics you have learned this year.
  • 8th Grade: What alternative energy source provides the most promise for our future? Why?

Valley Middle School – (View PDF)

  • 6th Grade: You have invented a device that minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer. Explain the science behind the device.
  • 7th Grade: How a person’s individual actions and habits can lead to a significant impact on that person’s community – and eventually – the planet? Create a poster to advertise your position. Include tips for people to follow that are based on the chemical, ecological, and/or biological topics you have learned this year.
  • 8th Grade: What alternative energy source provides the most promise for our future? Why?

Good Luck!