skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Monday, June 24, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

America's 'Radical Elders' continue their work for fairness, justice; SCOTUS upholds law disarming domestic abusers; Workplace adoption benefits help families, communities; Report examines barriers to successful post-prison re-entry in NC.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

A congresswoman celebrates Biden protections for mixed status families, Louisiana's Ten Commandments law faces an inevitable legal challenge, and a senator moves to repeal the strict 19th century anti-obscenity and anti-abortion Comstock Act.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

A Minnesota town claims the oldest rural Pride Festival while rural educators say they need support to teach kids social issues, rural businesses can suffer when dollar stores come to town and prairie states like South Dakota are getting help to protect grasslands.

Contest Challenges AZ High Schoolers to Solve State's Water Problems

play audio
Play

Monday, May 24, 2021   

TUCSON, Ariz. - Water is critical to Arizona's future, and the state's three public universities are challenging high school students to propose solutions for the water problems communities face around the state.

The engineering departments at Arizona State, Northern Arizona and University of Arizona have joined forces for Challenge 2021, a competition for teams of high school juniors and seniors to identify and address water-related problems in Arizona with virtual engineering strategies.

Jennifer Velez - outreach and recruitment program coordinator and senior at the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University - said they chose water because of its importance to people living in a desert climate.

"We all use water, we all rely on water, but we may not know a whole lot about where that water comes from," said Velez. "What does it take to get that water from its source to our home?"

Velez said high school juniors and seniors can register online as part of a team of two to five students - or can sign up on their own and be placed on a team.

Each student must register individually. The signup deadline is June 1.

Velez said the challenge was started last year, when competing teams were asked for solutions to return students safely to classes after the COVID-19 pandemic. The universities have found the challenge a good way to interest top students in engineering.

"We've always touted engineering for social good as a reason to pursue engineering," said Velez. "That it's not just about math and science, it's about actually having an impact. And engineering is a way, a very concrete way, that you can go out and do something for your community, for the world."

Velez added the competition is also a good way for Arizona students to check out each of the three engineering schools, and vice versa.

"Because this is all three state public universities, this is a very unique opportunity for students to see what all three institutions have to offer," said Velez. "Getting involved in this challenge means that you're going to get to interact with faculty, staff and engineering students at all three institutions."

The challenge is scheduled for June 15 through 18. The winners will be announced June 21.

There's a $50 registration fee for each participant. Final team solutions will be critiqued by a panel of professional judges.


get more stories like this via email
more stories
The 2024 Summer U.S. Conference of Mayors in Kansas City, Mo., will be under the leadership of its president, Mayor Hillary Schieve of Reno, Nev., and host Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.
(SeanPavonePhoto/Adobe Stock)

play sound

Some Michigan mayors are out of the office this week - but still working for their cities. They're at the 92nd meeting of the United States …


Social Issues

play sound

Summer is here, but some Wisconsin households juggling higher consumer costs and other basic needs might feel like a vacation is out of reach…

Social Issues

play sound

An interim North Dakota legislative committee this week got an update from state leaders on potential moves to reconnect kids in foster care with thei…


Social Issues

play sound

More employers are offering benefits to adoptive parents, according to a new survey by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. The amount of paid …

About a quarter of Americans hold unfavorable views of both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden. (Christian Delbert/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The Arizona Court of Appeals recently dismissed a case brought by Republican Arizona attorney general candidate Abraham Hamadeh, Republican Cochise …

Social Issues

play sound

North Carolina's business community is alarmed after Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson praised the controversial House Bill 2, known as the "Bathroom Bill," at …

Social Issues

play sound

Members of the group Radical Elders are participating in a Chicago tech conference this weekend to explain the impact of technology on older Americans…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021