|[March 15, 2017]
12 San Jose California Students Quest for 7 Million Dollar XPRIZE in Global Ocean Mapping Challenge
Valley Christian Schools "Ocean Quest" team is one of 21 semi-finalists
competing in the $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a global
competition challenging teams to push the boundaries of ocean
exploration technology for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean
mapping. While over 32 teams initially pitched designs to enter the
competition, only 21 semi-finalist teams advanced, with Ocean Quest the
only team selected comprised almost entirely of precollege-age, applied
math science and engineering students.
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Using underwater robotics and high-resolution mapping and imaging
systems, teams must overcome the seemingly impossible obstacles of ocean
mapping that have plagued scientists for years. The competition is part
of XPRIZE's 10-year Ocean Initiative to address critical ocean
challenges and help make the oceans healthy, valued, and understood. The
students with Ocean Quest are hoping to make history with an oceanic
technological breakthrough, all while studying for their history exams
and English finals.
"Our team's tag (News - Alert) line is 'from deep space to the deepest oceans,' and it
really exemplifies the world of possibilities STEM can open up for
students," says Danny Kim, Director of Innovation for the Quest
Institute for Quality Education. "Our end goal is not only to provide a
unique design to solve the XPRIZE challenge, but also to create a
platform so that other schools can be inspired to learn STEM through
The students have been relying heavily on Microsoft (News - Alert) products to help
with the software design, utilizing their dvanced operating systems
such as Windows 10 IoT, Windows Server, as well the Microsoft Azure
cloud platform to conduct all of the data gathering and analysis.
Students from Ocean Quest previously teamed up with Microsoft to create
a platform for sending experiments to the International Space Station as
part of the Quest for Space program, a program that is now in 23 schools
around the world.
"We know more about the surface of Mars than we do about our ocean
floor," says Kim. "Talk about underdogs, our young students are
competing against multi-national Ph.D. researchers with well-funded
companies and universities backing them."
As teams around the world gear up to deploy their deep-solutions in the
competition later this fall, the students are hard at work to make their
dreams of deep sea exploration a reality. "Through the Ocean Discovery
XPRIZE, we have an unprecedented opportunity to create next generation
tools, technologies and techniques that will illuminate deep-sea wonders
and unlock a new era of ocean exploration," said Jyotika
Virmani, Ph.D., prize lead and senior director with XPRIZE's
Energy and Environment Group. "We look forward to seeing the teams'
innovative approaches come to life over the next 10 months."
About the Quest Institute for Quality Education
The Quest Institute for Quality Education, located in San Jose,
California, provides enriching programs for schools around the world in
the fields of academics, arts and athletics via a personal Quest for
ExcellenceTM. Visit http://thequestinstitute.com
for more information.
About Valley Christian Schools
Valley Christian Schools (VCS) is a private, K-12 Christian school
located in the heart of Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. VCS
provides rigorous, college-preparatory programs while challenging
students towards lives of character, service, and influence while
pursuing their individual Quest for Excellence. For more
information, visit http://www.vcs.net.
XPRIZE is the global leader in designing and implementing innovative
competition models to solve the world's grandest challenges. XPRIZE
utilizes a unique combination of gamification, crowd-sourcing, incentive
prize theory, and exponential technologies as a formula to make 10x (vs.
10%) impact in the grand challenge domains facing our world. XPRIZE's
philosophy is that-under the right circumstances- igniting rapid
experimentation from a variety of diverse lenses is the most efficient
and effective method to driving exponential impact and solutions to
grand challenges. Active competitions include the $30M Google (News - Alert) Lunar
XPRIZE, the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning
XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, the $7M Shell Ocean
Discovery XPRIZE, the $7M Barbara Bush Foundation Adult Literacy XPRIZE,
the $5M IBM (News - Alert) Watson AI XPRIZE, the $1.75M Water Abundance XPRIZE and the
$1M Anu and Naveen Jain Women's Safety XPRIZE. For more information,
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