STEM Expo Pitch Event a HUGE Success!

TAF Academy hosted its first STEM Expo Pitch Event on Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at the Impact Hub Seattle. Over 75 people came out to participate, spectate, and support the seventeen students who represented the ten top pitch videos that were submitted and reviewed in the weeks leading up to the event. The even was a huge success, and the students did an amazing job showcasaing their work. The following is a list of the students and projects that were presented:

Rose Sanders, Roman Gidenko, and Tolu Amudipe – 10th grade – Media Biases Affecting Perception
Samuel Yun, Kevin Vo, and Steve Shannon-Sevillano – 7th grade – Green Energy
Ericka Pegues – 12th grade – Diversifying the National Marrow Registry
Logan Arntzen and Jennifer Ruiz – 8th grade – Promoting Gender Equality in a Work Setting: Study with a 5th grade population
Christian Lockley – 7th grade – Unlocking the Non-Wifi Connection
Annette Acheampong and Yohaira Malabad – 9th and 11th grade – Solar-Powered Cell Phone Charger
Max Birkeland – 6th grade – Biodegradable Packing Peanuts
Anna Sherles and Celest Doney-Newberry – 8th grade – Photonic Fence
Larissa Ho – 12th grade – Women in STEM: Gender Discrimination Study and Women’s Symposium
Torri Brown – 10th grade – Convention on Ethics of Transhumanism

We are so proud of the work these students and the rest of the student body has put forth on these projects and cannot wait to see where they take them between now and January 24th (STEM Expo date).

Part of the event also included an audience choice award, which was voted to be Torri Brown. All projects recieved a giant $100 check (redeemable for a $100 gift certificate) that will go toward covering part of the cost of their project.

A huge thanks to parents, teachers, and staff that have supported this effort! Follow the progress on projects between now and STEM Expo, and come out and see the finished products on January 24th, 2015!

TAF Academy Speech Team Update

On Saturday November 8th, the TAF Academy Speech Team competed in their first tournament of the year. Eleven students attended with eight participating in a variety of speaking events. Senior Olyvia Salter placed 3rd overall in Interpretive Reading and qualified for the state tournament in March. Senior Larissa Ho finished 2nd overall in Original Oratory. The team continues competition through March.

Congratulations to all who attended the event!