Applications Open for $40,000 Edison Scholars STEM Scholarships

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Edison Scholars recognizes students that want to be makers of tomorrow – the dreamers, inventors, guardians and pioneers – those who dare to be great.

Each year, we award $40,000 scholarships to 30 high school seniors that want to make a difference in the world by studying science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) in college.

From preventing the rise of ocean levels to increasing access to solar power in underserved communities, real issues need bright ideas to create change. This is a chance for students to stand up, advance their education, and be part of the solution.

Help spread the word with members of your organizations that applications are open. Tweet it, post on Facebook, text it, email it, or print it in your newsletter – whatever works best. Download a printable flyer and video to share, and be sure to follow us on Twitter@SCE_Community and Facebook @Southern California Edison to get the latest info. Learn more at edisonscholars.com.

Application period: Oct. 2 – Dec. 1, 2017

Applicant requirements:

  • Students must live in Southern California Edison’s service territory.
  • Must be a high school senior with at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Plan to pursue studies in the STEM fields at a four-year accredited college or university, and show financial need.
  • Specific college majors include: computer and information systems, engineering, engineering technology, management information systems, mathematics, natural resources and conservation, or physical sciences.

Thank you,

Edison’s Corporate Philanthropy Team

Coaches Update for Food Webs ... Owl Pellets

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The first submission milestone for the Food Webs...Owl Pellets event is Friday, December 8, 2017. Students should have dissected a few owl pellets by that time and selected 5 owl pellets to report on. Although any member of the Science Olympiad team may collaborate on this event, only one submission will be accepted from each team. Students are encouraged to work together, discuss their observations and ideas, and prepare the online submission.

In order to help your students prepare their responses, here are questions that they can expect to encounter when they go online to submit their initial observations. You may share this information with the students.

Section One: Team information

After entering your school and team information, several sections will include these opportunities to share your observations.

Section Two: Owl Pellet Observations

In this section, you will be asked to describe the owl pellet, show that you have carefully dissected an owl pellet, and identify a few common bones.

  • Describe the overall appearance and size of the owl pellets.
  • Take a photo of the bones found in one owl pellet. Email one photo to sciolyowlpellets@gmail.com  Remember: Include your team number with the photo.
  • Identifying common bones in owl pellets: what is this bone? (There will be several bones to identify)

Section Three: Owl Feeding Habits: number of prey

For each of five owl pellets, you will be asked to respond to the following questions.

  • Owl Pellet #1: How many prey did you find in this pellet?
  • Owl Pellet #1: How do you know? Describe the evidence you have for your answer.

Section Four: Owl Feeding Habits: prey species

In this section, you will be asked to identify the type and number prey species you found in five owl pellets and what patterns you notice in your observations. For example:

  • Vole - In all five owl pellets, how many meadow voles did you find?
  • What do you notice about what the owls are eating?

Section Five: Owl Food Web/Habitat

In this section, you will be asked to describe a habitat that would support a food web that includes and owl and the prey species you have observed.

  • Think about a food web that includes an owl and the prey species you have identified.
  • Describe a habitat that would include this food web. 

Link to First Pillbugs (or Mealworms) Data Now Available

On or before Friday, November 15, students will submit the name of their project, the question they have selected to investigate, a description of how they will house and care for the pill bugs or mealworms, and the procedure they plan to follow.

The link to submit the first student data is now activated. 

Second Online Event is Posted for Division A

The second of two online events, Pill Bugs, has been posted. Student teams will work on this event in their own school and then submit their observations, identifications, and conclusions about their findings from the owl pellet activity. For the second deadline students will submit their responses regarding owl habitats, owl food webs, and ecological considerations. For additional details about the Pill Bugsd event see Official Description: Pill Bugs