2019 GA Participants in GASSSS Program

These participants have submitted a final GASSSS application. 

If your name is not on this list and you have participated in the GASSSS program, please contact Larry Woolf at Lawrence.Woolf@ga-asi.com


GA GASSSS ParticipantCompanySchoolMaterials PurchasedActivity
Anna KaplanGA-ASISDSU Society for Industrial and Applied MathematicsNone"I spoke to the graduate and PhD students about how to market oneself for a software development/engineering position while being a Mathematics student. All of the students who I spoke to were getting their degrees in either applied math, pure math, or a combination of math and computer science. After the presentation, the students published a blog about what I talked about:" link to student blog
Breanna BergadoGA-ASIHarborside Elementary School, Chula Vista CA6 – Mindware Dig It Up! Triceratops Kits; 6 - Mindware Dig It Up! Tyrannosaurus Rex KitsDemonstrated the use of tools and how to use the Mindware Dig It Up Kits as well as assisted students who needed help. Spoke about the purpose of me coming out and the GASSSS Program. Also spoke about my career and the education path I took. Answered Questions about different science / engineering majors and how they are already learning about some of those.
Jeff WarrenGA-ASISan Pasqual High School, Escondido, CAPurchase of miscellaneous robotics parts for San Pasqual High School competing in FIRST Robotics competitions. (Team #3255: www.frcteam3255.com)I serve as assistant coach for the SPHS FIRST Robotics team. I mentor the students on the team in all aspects of the competition. I will be ordering parts to use for the robots both for education and competition.
Nick KemmeGA-ASISaint Augustine High School, San Diego CAA large variety of tools were purchased to aid the robotics and engineering classes in their respective builds. This included: Drill with additional battery packs and drill/driving accessories, general tool kit, wire strippers, saw, soldering irons, and electronics repair kits.I visited Saint Augustine High School twice, presenting about GA and engineering principles the first time along with helping the students build their respective projects the first time. The second time, I helped them build new structures for the engineering class as well as more project help for both classes.
Melissa WallaceGA-ASIDingeman Elementary School, San Diego, CA"2 Piper electronics kits Waffle Blocks 100 piece set "Teaching students how to tinker using waffle block building, electronic wiring, and software coding. I went over a lesson on how circuits work, using Hot Wheels cars to describe the flow of electrons. I described how voltage, current, and conductance work, and why a circuit needs to be a closed loop (all using the Hot Wheels cars). We let the students each explore the software on their own, and took notes about where they were stumbling and needed guidance so that we could teach future lessons.
Tim KinseyGA-ASIFuture City Competition, San Diego CANoneI acted as a Special Award Judge for the Southern California Regional Competition of Future City. I got a chance to talk to many creative students about their innovative solutions to the challenges of future communities, asking questions and evaluating team designs and presentations. At the end of the day I presented the award for “Best Use of Renewable Energy” to the winning team. It was a fun and enlightening experience that I would love to take part in again.
Antje PresnellGA-ASIRancho Bernardo High School, San Diego CAThe following items were purchased for the RBHS Robotics Club: Drill Bit Set, Digital Caliper, Cordless Hammer Drill, Battery, and 4-Port ChargerMy project management role leader was 2 part. First, we had to establish our wish list (requirements). I had all the kids and parent volunteers provide input on what they felt needed to be purchased for the team to be successful for competition this season and in future. The input was provided in the same format. One of the kids entered the data into a spreadsheet. We put them in logical groupings . We had the team rack and stack the equipment using a priority system 1-4 (1 being the highest and most urgent). We then looked at the budget ($500). We only pulled from the “1” rankings and matched up with a highly needed tool replenishment. Secondly, I showed the team how to do a vendor evaluation. We came up with 3 criteria and assigned weighting percentages. When looking at the companies that could provide our bill of material we analyzed their price, schedule, and reputation/reviews. I wanted to teach them that lowest price isn’t always the right choice and we needed to go with BEST VALUE.
Greg ShueGA-ASIFRC Team NOMAD Inc., Escondido CAPurchase of miscellaneous robotics parts for FRC Team NOMAD Inc. competing in FIRST Robotics competitions. Motor controllers, wheels, gears, pulleys, drive shaft stock material.Ongoing mentoring of the software team on exploring solution options, applications of control systems, system design options, system requirement decomposition in to mechanical, electrical, software. Assisting in design, acquisition, and assembly of a portable workshop (“robot pit”), both structurally and electrically.
Derek WilsonGA-EMSBernardo Elementary School, Escondido CANoneShow and discuss GA approved videos related to EMALS, Capacitors, 8Mw, and other energy products. Chaperone the class field trip to the USS Midway; share my knowledge and experience from time serving aboard aircraft carriers to talk about the GA-EMS ALRE system including capabilities and comparison to steam system.
Darrell NakawakiGA-ASIHeritage K-6 Charter School, Excondido CANGSS STEM resourcesI assisted the teacher in the first activity called “the great desert island” where small groups of students needed to solve a challenge of being stranded on the island. I worked with the groups help resolve challenges for survival such as design and construction of water filtering, huts, floating rafts, rock movers, coconut catapults and water proof containers. They had a discussion / presentation of their designs including why materials were chosen and why their design would be effective. STEM challenges used common materials. They incorporated concepts of linear measurement, area, force and motion, energy, simple machines, data, and scientific process.
Kyle WheatcroftGA-ASIEllen Browning Scripps Elementary School, San Diego CAField trip admission to San Diego Natural History MuseumSpeaking about Engineering education and careers in classroom prior to field trip and participating in STEM activity during field trip.
William JohnstoneGA-EMSEscondido Charter High School, Escondido CARobot parts: navX (navigation sensor), wheels and hubs, LED light stripsWeekly participation with the team on Saturdays helping with the integration of the navX sensor onto the robot, initial setup of the new Visual Studio IDE along with the installation of libraries and APIs, software coding critique, FRC kickoff activities and robot design discussions.
Kyle WirthGA-ASIREIDY CREEK ELEMENTARY, ESCONDIDO, CA100-Bead Rekenrek Demonstration Counting Frame

STEM in Action® Shadow Box Theatre Exploration
I helped the teacher plan out her lesson for demonstrating both items. The lesson included a demonstration by me, we then chose random numbers and created them on the Rekenrek and had the students count, we then gave them to the students to match a number we chose. We used a pre-made lesson for the shadow box. We then showed the others grade level teachers the items and explained how to use.
Donna MirabellaGA-ASIEllen Browning Scripps Elementary School, San Diego CAField trip admission to San Diego Natural History MuseumSpeaking about Engineering education and careers in classroom prior to field trip and participating in STEM activity during field trip.
Kevin G. WestGA-ASIMagnolia Science Academy, San Diego CANoneI will be part of a 3 session speaker panel and will discuss my aspects of my education and career path to 6th-8th graders.
Michael AllweinGA-ASIPacheco Elementary, San Luis Obispo CAClass is studying climate. Funding will be used to purchase 9 Thames & Kosmos Climate and Weather kits.I demonstrated a cloud experiment in which we poured cold air over warm water to make the water vapor visible. I also supported an experiment to show the effects of glacier melting on coastal tide level.
Joshua FergusonGA-ASINorthern Utah Academy of Math, Engineering, and Science, Layton UTMaterials for the construction of the competition robot"Was a support to the coding team as they created software for the robot. Answered questions and provided guidance."
Jennifer LabsGA-ASIDel Lago Academy, Escondido CANone“Brown Bag Presentation” talking about my career and educational path
Dallas PerkinsGA-EMSRolling Hills Elementary, San Diego, CANoneParticipated as judge at Rolling Hills Elementary science and engineering fair