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
Patty VongsarasGA-EMSEscondido Charter High School, Escondido CARobot parts: Motors and Gears.Mentored the lead programmer about the types of coding standards to follow and discussions on best ways to test software and mechanical functions of the robot.
John KellyGA-EMSEscondido Charter High School, Escondido CARobot parts (mechanical / motors/gearing)Mentored lead programmer on alternative sensor modalities and methods of combined abstraction to derive location, distance, and presence
Deborah HarveyGA-ASIPRIDE Academy, Santee CAMaterials needed for Robotics Competition (PVC piping and other miscellaneous buildings)."Assisted Mr. Kemery in building the Bot-ball training course. Will be attending a trial run as soon as the robots are complete and coded to assist Mr. Kemery, and will be assisting at the competition, currently scheduled for 20 April."
Candace GrayGAGreater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair, San Diego CANoneI volunteered as a SWE judge for the science fair. This involved talking to the students about their projects and voting on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.
Aaron SathrumGA-EMSRolling Hills Elementary, San Diego CANoneJudging for the Rolling Hills Elementary School Science and Engineering Fair
Travis EvansGA-EMSRolling Hills Elementary School, San Diego CANoneWorked as a volunteer science fair judge at Rolling Hills Elementary school. Provided feedback on their projects and encouraged the children to learn more about Science and Engineering.
Chau NguyenGA-ASIHarriet Tubman Village Charter, San Diego CA"(1) Ozobot 2.0 Bit Smart Robots (2) Magna-Tiles Set (4) Caterpillars (3-5 pieces per kit) (2) Marble Run kits (2) Magna-Tiles Cars Set (1) Snap Dinos (1) Create and Design Drill"He described career opportunities that GA offers and possible education paths on how the students can get there. The first hour was spent setting up their science notebooks. Chau spent time explaining about the life cycle of caterpillars and their importance to the environment.There were different stations set up in the classroom (Ozobot, Magna Tiles, Marble Runs, Imaginative design). Chau helped set up each station and provided challenges for the students. Chau worked with each station to explain the science behind each challenge.
Lois YuGA-ASIThe Classical Academy, Super STEM Saturday, San Marcos CANoneHands on learning in preparation and Super STEM Saturday GA Booth Support
Terry MuyGA-EMSSan Diego Regional Science Olympiad, San Diego, CAFunding will be used to purchase testing materials and safety items for the annual Science Olympiad competition.Assisted in judging and setting up Mission Possible event for Science Olympiad. Feedback was given to high school students after judging was completed.
Kathreen ThomeGAExpand Your Horizons Conference, San Diego CASupplies are needed to carry materials to conference (3 small and 3 large bins, label maker, batteries) for construction of spectroscopes by the girls (ziplock bags, tacky glue, 3 left-handed scissors, scotch tape) for various plasma experiments the girls do (balloons, glow in the dark paint, cooler, two power strips, red flashlights) and for the giveaway bags (new bags).Cami Collins, Auna Moser, Kathreen Thome presented a workshop at the 2019 Expanding Your Horizons Conference entitled “Exotic Plasmas in your Universe” to 6-8th grade girls. The students learned about plasmas and fusion, built their own spectroscopes, and participated in several hands-on experiments.
Jeff WarrenGA-ASISan Pasqual High School, Escondido, CA"Three separate purchases were made: Shelving units to be used for the pit work area used at the robotics competitions; Encoders used on the robot for measuring distance; Arduino microcontrollers programmed to be used as custom joystick interfaces"I served as the assistant coach for the San Pasqual High School FIRST Robotics team through the preseason and 2018-2019 competition season. I volunteered 20-40 hours per week outside of work mentoring, teaching, and coaching the team through four competition events.
Gilberto Palacios-PerezGA-ASIHawthorne Middle School, Hawthorne, CANoneTalk to three different group of middle schools students about how many years of schooling after high school to obtain an engineering degree; I shared career experience and general information about my previous and current job, as well as pay grade as engineer after school; I encouraged student to pursue a college degree and seek for all the financial benefit available to go college.
Rowena PaetGA-ASIPoway Unified School District, San Diego CANoneTeam briefing and task assignments with other GA volunteers for engineering activity. Present engineering activity to high school girls visiting. Provide assistance throughout the activity. Clean up and tear down after the event.
Barton McDowellGA-ASIFRC Team NOMAD Inc., Escondido CAEvent registration fees for FIRST robotics national competitionI serve as a SW Mentor for the FRC 6995 NOMAD team. I mentor the students in the team in all aspects of the competition. I will be ordering parts to use for the robotics for both education and competition. Attending event and coaching team as they compete with other national teams.
Heidi DeClueGAMagnolia Science Academy, San Diego CAFunding will be used to purchase (4) VEQ IQ kit and competition table.Assisted the students with teamwork and problem solving. Assisted them in resolving disagreements on how to proceed and to work together on building their robots. Talked with them about career opportunities that support STEM fields.
Denielle ArdillaGAMagnolia Science Academy, San Diego CAFunding will be used to purchase (4) VEQ IQ kit and competition table.Assisted the students with teamwork and problem solving. Assisted them in resolving disagreements on how to proceed and to work together on building their robots. Talked with them about career opportunities that support STEM fields.
Eugene ClarkGAMagnolia Science Academy, San Diego CAFunding will be used to purchase (4) VEQ IQ kit and competition table.Assisted the students with teamwork and problem solving. Assisted them in resolving disagreements on how to proceed and to work together on building their robots. Talked with them about career opportunities that support STEM fields.
Michael CasebierGA-ASIVintage Math/Science/Technology Magnet Elementary School North Hills CAVEX Robotics Super Kit (Qty. 1); VEX Robotics Smart Motor (Qty. 3); VEX Robotics Robot Battery NiMH 2000mAh (Qty. 4); VEX Robotics Smart Motor Mount Add-On Pack (Qty. 2)Visited the robotics club at Vintage Math/Science/Technology Magnet Elementary School to work with robotics club students in conjunction with the robotics club teacher in both an individual and group setting. I was able to help instruct the students on coding and use of the newly GA purchased VEX robotics items.
Landon CarlsonGA-EMSSan Diego Regional Science Olympiad, San Diego, CAFunding will be used to purchase testing materials and safety items for the annual Science Olympiad competition.I was the event captain for the Boomilever event for the middle school Science Olympiad competition with about 100 teams. I coordinated the testing wall construction, event setup for the competition day, and all testing logistics. I directed 10 volunteers and was responsible for them to provide a consistent test scenario for each team of students to test the maximum weight their boomilever could hold.
Nikki CasebierGA-ASIVintage Math/Science/Technology Magnet Elementary School, North Hills CAGreen Screen Wizard software, owner will provide 35 Pro Studio version licenses for $500Six third grade classes were scheduled to attend the computer lab the day I volunteered. I spent day assisting the computer lab teacher in her lesson for all six classes. For each class we took pictures of the students against a green background and then downloaded a photo of a national monument from the internet. We saved both images to the child’s digital folder then uploaded them to their Green Screen Wizzard account. Then we navigated through the Green Screen Wizzard software with the result being the student looking like they were at the location of the monument.
Matthew VirgenGA-EMSSan Diego Regional Science Olympiad, San Diego, CAGASSSS funds were used to purchase tools and supplies to run multiple events at the annual San Diego Regional Science Olympiad.I was event captain for the Boomilever event for Division C, which is the high school division. I coordinated logistics, setup, and testing for the day of the event. I managed 8 volunteers that ran 4 separate testing stations in parallel.
Kassandra Marshall RitterGA-ASISan Diego Regional Science Olympiad, San Diego, CATools for running test events.Event supervisor assistant for an event called Roller Coaster, in which the participants build a track for a marble and try to hit a specific target time for the marble to move through the track. Helped organize volunteers, ran test runs, measured devices and timed test runs.
Ryan ContoisGA-EMSSan Diego Regional Science Olympiad, San Diego, CAFunding will be used to purchase testing materials and safety items for the annual Science Olympiad competition.I was the event supervisor for the Mousetrap Vehicle event for the high school Science Olympiad competition with about 50 teams. I coordinated the event setup for the competition day, inspection of student submissions to ensure construction rules were followed, and timing of the actual vehicle runs. I directed 12 volunteers and to facilitate fair and proper timing and to record results of each vehicle run.
Terry MuyGA-EMSSan Diego Regional Science Olympiad, San Diego, CAFunding will be used to purchase testing materials and safety items for the annual Science Olympiad competition.Assisted in judging and setting up Mission Possible event for Science Olympiad. Feedback was given to high school students after judging was completed.
Emily MathisonGASan Diego Regional Science Olympiad, San Diego, CAThe GASSSS funds were used to purchase tools and supplies to run multiple events at the annual regional competition.I was the event captain for the Rollercoaster event for the middle school Science Olympiad competition with about 100 teams. I coordinated the event setup for the competition day and all testing logistics. I directed 13 volunteers and was responsible for them to provide a consistent test scenario for each team of students to test their roller coasters for run completion and time accuracy
Dave FisherGAPoway High School, Poway CAWe use the funds to purchase parts for our robot.Mentoring Robotics team designing and constructing Robots for competition
Jake CrawfordGA-ASIPoway High School. Poway CAMaterials for building the mock-up arena.Directly participated in building mock-up arena.
Patrick RyeGA-AsiPoway High School, Poway CAMaterials and consumables for Robotics Construction; Receipts will be provided for specific itemsMentored during build and competition season, average 15 hours a week; Assisted with C++ teaching; Assisted students with Drive controls; Assisted students with Debugging Robot Code; Assisted students with OpenCV; Assisted in Machine Shop; Assisted students with Software Configuration Management; Assisted with interfacing between programming, mechanical and electrical; Assisted with line sensor improvements and conditioning; Assisted in San Diego and Arizona regionals
Mima TrayanovaGA-ASIGrant Elementary School, Santa Monica CAEvent Insurance, Consumable Supplies for “Science is Cool” Demonstration, Telescope Accessories as needed, Posters & Misc. SuppliesDemonstration of “Deep Freeze – Cryogenics” Ice Cream production and testing by ~300 Grant School Attendees. Distribution of GASSSS Science Posters ~150+. Discussions of “What It’s Like to be a Scientist”. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS on Science in Our World during Demonstration and Attendance by GASSSS Volunteers.
Tihomir TrayanovGA-ASIGrant Elementary School, Santa Monica CAEvent Insurance, Consumable Supplies for “Science is Cool” Demonstration, Telescope Accessories as needed, Posters & Misc. SuppliesDemonstration of “Deep Freeze – Cryogenics” Ice Cream production and testing by ~300 Grant School Attendees. Distribution of GASSSS Science Posters ~150+. Discussions of “What It’s Like to be a Scientist”. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS on Science in Our World during Demonstration and Attendance by GASSSS Volunteers.
Yongbai Joshua GongGAGrant Elementary School, Santa Monica CANoneDemonstration of “Deep Freeze – Cryogenics” Ice Cream production and testing by ~300 Grant School Attendees. Distribution of GASSSS Science Posters ~150+. Discussions of “What It’s Like to be a Scientist”. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS on Science in Our World during Demonstration and Attendance by GASSSS Volunteers.
Kathy KucharskiGA-ASIEinstein Academy, San Diego CAThe funding was used for demonstration materials for the truss hands on activity, and for Magformers sets for each class (6 classes).We gave an introduction to engineering and we focused on truss structures. We gave a presentation on “push” and “pull” forces (compression and tension), and we had a hands on activity with spaghetti and marshmallows to build the tallest truss.
Robin JacobsonGA-ASIPoway Unified School District, San Diego CANoneI assisted with the hands-on engineering activity. At the activity, the students were challenged to build a container to house two graham cracker cookies. They were given a budget and a parts list that they are allowed to choose materials from that are all priced out accordingly. The container they built was then subjected to 3 environmental tests to see if the cookies survived. I lead the water submersion environmental test.
Becky RoyalGA-ASIPatrick Henry High School; Patribots Robotics Club ; San Diego CAPurchased miscellaneous parts from VEX RoboticsProviding guidance to support program management of the Patribots participation in the competition including Work breakdown structure development and scheduling.
Jason PachuraGA-EMSMeadowbrook Middle School Mustang Robotics, Poway CA"Donation towards club equipment/supplies, meetings, software, and tournament fees. Team project material and electronic parts. Meadowbrook Mustang Robotics donation."Assisted a diverse group of middle school boys with my own Computer Engineering expertise. Talked about and gave real world experience from my career at General Atomics. Mentoring, tutoring, helping them to learn programming for the robot challenges. In addition there was a huge focus on building comradery and guiding the boys to work independently (from parents) and as a team. Volunteered as one of the judges for the team’s first tournament.
David WakayamaGA-EMSPoway High School, Poway CASupport materials/hardware for the Poway High School robotics program.Assisting high school students with engineering approaches, coding/building robots, competition preparations/execution. Discussed the use/benefits of using a gyroscope on the robot to obtain accurate position information. Brainstormed project team structures, interactions and hand-offs to help with the collaboration between software, hardware and mechanical teams. Provided transportation to/from events.