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2014 North Texas Regional Science Bowl (High School Division) – Now Open for Registration!

2014 North Texas Regional Science Bowl Flyer

The North Texas Regional Science Bowl (High School Division) is now open for registration!

The Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA – Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter (CIE/USA-DFW) and the College of Engineering of UT Arlington are proudly hosting the High School Category of the North Texas Regional Science Bowl in the Nedderman Hall at UT Arlington from 9 am to 2 pm on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

The National Science Bowl (NSB) is an annual nationwide academic competition organized and sponsored by the United States Department of Energy. The main goal is to promote the science awareness related to energy to motivate the youths to tackle the energy issue in the nation at their early age. The students in a team of four (with one alternate) are quizzed in a fast-paced question-and-answer sessions similar to the TV game Jeopardy. A teacher will be assigned to be the coach of the team. The winning team of the North Texas Regional Science Bowl will be representing North Texas to advance to the national level competition in Washington DC from April 24 – 28, 2014. For more information, please visit the official website of the National Science Bowl at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/.

We now invite the registration of any high school in the North Texas region. Each team consists of 5 member (4 member plus 1 backup), and an assigned teacher coach. The coach needs to first register for a coach’s account before he/she can register his/her teams. Each school is allowed to register up to 2 teams. Here are the links to the registrations:

Coach’s Account Creation [Link]
Team Registration [Link]

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2013 DFW Youth English Speech Contest Successfully Held in Plano

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The 2013 DFW Youth English Speech Contest was a great success. The contest was held from 8 am to 12 pm on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Collin College Living Legends Conference Center at the Spring Creek Campus. The purpose of the event is to foster self-confidence, promote interest in public speaking, provide an opportunity for youths to enhance their speaking skills by competing, and recognize the best to encourage all.

95 student participants from Grades 1 to 12 competed in the contest. More than 200 parents attended and 60 volunteers supported the event. The contest committee made tremendous effort to ensure that the contest was fun and fair to all contestants. The participants were divided into 11 groups to compete. The contest judges were experienced and trained members from Toastmasters International. During the contest, students showed their talent and creativity through all kinds of topics ranging from summer vacation, travel abroad, success and so on. These well prepared speeches brought waves of laughter and applause in the conference center.

The speech contest is not only a competition but also a great opportunity for the students to learn and improve. They have exceled to a higher level of confidence and the skills that they practiced and learned will be extremely valuable for their future career and life. The contest committee members are so excited to see the quick growth of all the students from last year’s contest.

Mr. David Hill, the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking Finalist, spoke at the award ceremony and interacted with the participants. The student participants were excited to learn about Mr. Hill’s successful stories of public speaking and actively participated in the question and answer session.

The contest was hosted by the Texas Dragon Toastmasters, and was sponsored by Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA – DFW Chapter, Oncor, Texas Instruments and AT&T. Cindi’s New York Deli and Bakery kindly provided delicate breakfast and snacks for the event. The contest committee felt honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the community through this well planned and organized event and looking forward to the contest again next year.

1st and 2nd Grades:
1st Place: Shobana Ravi
2nd Place: Katie Zhao
3rd Place: Kevin Wang
Honorable Mentions: Kapil Taspa, Audrey Perry

3rd Grade:
1st Place: Advika Varadharajan
2nd Place: Jeffrey Xu
3rd Place: Sally Lin
Honorable Mentions: Diya Singh, Nikhi Jain

4th Grade:
1st Place: Charles Hou
2nd Place: William Yue
3rd Place: Zachary Tian
Honorable Mentions: Evan Lai, Charlie Zhang

5th Grade (Group D):
1st Place: Jennifer Xiong
2nd Place: Anagha Gouru
3rd Place: Weston Lu
Honorable Mentions: Jennifer Su

5th Grade (Group E):
1st Place: Shengyuan Wang
2nd Place: Rakshak Ravichandran
3rd Place: Rachel Zhang
Honorable Mentions: Abraham Tsai, Allison He

6th Grade:
1st Place: Sophia Li
2nd Place: Cedric Zhou
3rd Place: Sophia Xu
Honorable Mentions: Connie Xu, Saisrinivas Gudivada

7th Grade:
1st Place: Alice Hou
2nd Place: Kendra Huang
3rd Place: Aniket Matharasi
Honorable Mentions: Annie Lu

8th Grade (Group H):
1st Place: Christina Yuan
2nd Place: David Sun
3rd Place: Mathew You
Honorable Mentions: Swetha Berana

8th Grade (Group I):
1st Place: Anjika Bhalla
2nd Place: Steven Xu
3rd Place: Kevin Li
Honorable Mentions: Tarang Sane

9th Grade:
1st Place: Carolyn Li
2nd Place: Lena Khanolkar
3rd Place: Jenny Zhu
Honorable Mentions: Emily Chen

10th-12th Grades:
1st Place: Jocelyn Lo
2nd Place: Cecilia Zhou
3rd Place: Sneha Karkala
Honorable Mentions: Star Jackson

2013 Youth English Speech Contest to be held on September 14

2013 English Speech Contest Flyer

2013 English Speech Contest Instructions

DFW Youth Speech Contest will be held from 8 am to 12 pm on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at Collin College Living Legends Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, Texas. Students from Grades 1 to 12 are welcome to participate. The purpose of the event is to foster self-confidence, promote interest in public speaking, provide an opportunity for youths to enhance their speaking skills by competing, and recognize the best to encourage all.
The exciting DFW Youth Speech Contest is organized by Texas Dragon Toastmasters Club. It is sponsored by Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA DFW Chapter and Texas Instruments Chinese Initiative. Last year, more than ninety students from Grades 1 to 12 competed in the event and more than 200 parents attended the event.
DFW Youth Speech Contest committee makes extra effort to ensure that the contest is fun and fair to all contestants. The contest judges are experienced and trained members from Toastmasters International. We have invited Mr. David Hill, Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking Finalist to speak at the award ceremony.
Online registration is now open through September 7. For planning purpose, on-site registration on the day of the event will not be accepted. The following is the registration information.
Early bird registration: now through August 24, $10 per student
Regular registration: August 25 through September 7, $15 per student
Online registration is available at: http://www.cie-dfw.org/events/2013/speechcontest/. Please note that credit card is the only payment method.
If there are any questions, please feel free to contact us. Email address is dfwyouthspeechcontest@gmail.com. Our Registration Chair is Ms. Jacqueline Luo (469-236-8081) and our Contest Chair is Ms. June Lam (214-803-4091).

2013 Young Achiever Award – Winners Announced!

2013 YAA

Young Achiever Award (YAA) is one of the key programs for CIE/USA-DFW Chapter. YAA is designed to encourage the younger generation of CIE members to achieve high academic performance, develop leadership skills, foster strong interest in engineering and participate in extracurricular and volunteer activities to enable them to achieve the greatest possible impact in their communities. These well-rounded skills are intended to help them become better leaders in this very competitive global market place.

CIE was honored to have professionals from the industries to select our YAA winners. Twenty entries were received. Sixteen finalists were selected to receive the awards. All the winners were recognized to be truly outstanding based on their extraordinary achievements in academic performance, demonstration of exemplary leadership, and voluntarily involvement in community activities.

2013 winners included some of the following impressive accolades:

– Seven recipients have a class ranking of top 3 in their respective schools.
– Multiple recipients with perfect SAT scores in various subject tests
– Google Science Fair-Top15 Global Finalist
– Siemens Competition National Finalist
– Intel International Science and Engineer Fair finalist
– 1st place of Exxon Mobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair: Medicine and Health
– 2nd place Texas State Science Fair, Naval Science Award
– 3rd place National Broadcom Masters Science Competition
– 1st Grand Prize Dallas Regional Science Fair
– 3rd Place Special Award (Signal Process Engineering, TI) at Beal Bank DRSEF
– Co-author of scientific publication in The Journal of Biological Chemistry
– Co-author of scientific publication in Journal of Nano-medicine
– Research Assistant at UT Dallas in Nano Technology
– National Champion (1st Place) at World Affairs Council of America Academic WorldQuest
– Top 6 of TMEA All-State Symphony Orchestra
– American Mathematics Contest Top 1% Distinguished Honor Roll (38/73704 in Texas)
– Texas Math and Science Competition 1st place team
– Academic Decathlon State Competition Award
– 1st place Winner in Annual 7 Smoke Breakdance Competition
– AT&T Foundation Scholarship
– Completed 27 college credit hours with 4.0 GPA at the age of 13 years old

The committee chairman of the program is Mr. Wang LI from Texas Instruments. The major sponsors of the CIE 2013 YAA were Diodes, AT&T, Lockheed Martin, Texas Instruments, and Oncor. YAA trophies and scholarship are to be presented to the winners during the evening banquet of the CIE Annual Convention on Saturday, August 10th at Hyatt Regency North Dallas Hotel in Richardson, Texas.

2013 DFW Chinese Youth Camp

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CIE/USA-DFW sponsored another successful youth event, 2013 DFW Chinese Youth Camp (CYC) from June 30th to July 6th. Over one hundred-twenty campers from age eight to sixteen participated in the summer camp activities and were supported by twenty-seven counselors and assistant counselors from ages fifteen to eighteen. Two teachers from the Overseas Community Affairs Council of Taiwan ROC held cultural classes to teach Chinese folk dance and Chinese folk activities. The folk dances showcased performances including ribbons, lanterns, drums, flags, clappers and fans. After the camp, most campers could perform five to ten medium to hard level of difficulty. In addition, CYC had several local teachers teach classes in arts and crafts, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese painting, street dance, Kung-Fu, ballroom dance, STEM class, film making and interview skills. The younger two groups enjoyed making parachutes and paper airplanes while learning about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The other four groups brainstormed ideas, created a storyboard and made a short video. They were excited to see these videos posted on YouTube.

The 2013 DFW CYC ended with a successful ending ceremony presented by the counselors and campers. Parents were highly impressed by the performance and with the progress made by their children during the camp week. They saw how their children developed and grew from the camp experience. The campers enjoyed CYC and looked forward to coming back next year.

The purpose of CYC is to educate Chinese culture to the youth in the Dallas area, to build lasting friendships, and to provide leadership training for the counselors, assistant counselors, and older groups.

2013 MathComp/MathFun – A Huge Success!

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CIE/USA-DFW held its flagship youth program, the 2013 MathComp/ MathFun on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at the Collin College Spring Creek campus from 12 pm to 5 pm. The event attracted more than 300 students from Grade 1 to 7 with over 900 people participated. The event was an overwhelming success. It showed a great interest of the community to the CIE’s efforts in building, growing, and strengthening the youths’ math problem-solving skills and talents.

The event featured mathematical competition, math-related fun activities, and parenting seminar. MathComp provided an opportunity for the young students to demonstrate their math problem solving skills. Test questions for the MathComp were developed by a team led by Ms. Yixin Yang, a former principal at Dallas Modern Chinese Language School. MathFun was an interactive program allowing parents and children to work together to solve math puzzles and play math games aimed at stimulating students’ interest in mathematics. This year 16 sponsors, and local non-profit and academic organizations participated in the MathFun activity including math puzzles, games, sudoku, chess, science projects, math education material, robotics and Snap Circuits Jr., a fun way to learn about circuits and electricity! It was challenging and intriguing fun that attracted many students to think hard and explore the secret.

While students were participating in math competition, there was also a wonderful Parenting Seminar by Mr. Bruce Yeh, a Harvard Dad, to show parents how to grow up with their children. He shared his experience in educating his children and guiding them to achieve success, and inspired parents to lay down a success and productive roadmap for their children from their early ages all the way to college.

During the award ceremony, the CIE president, Dr. Yu Meng gave a motivational speech, To Sport Math, to the kids, parents and teachers, encouraging them to keep exploring the world of math. Dr. Lisa Wang, a famous speaker, educator and the president of Think and Speak-Up, presented an inspiring speech “To Be the Best Friend with Yourself”. The audiences learned a lot while having fun with the speech.

MathComp/MathFun this year was led by Dr. Xinfen Chen and Dr. Jihong Chen. There were about 120 volunteers involved and participated in the organization of the activities. Among these volunteers, about 40 of them were from the FACSS of UT Dallas, and several organizers were from the North Texas Chinese Culture Promotion Association. The sponsors this year include AT&T, Deloitte, IBM, Oncor, Lockheed Martin and Texas Instruments. The lunch for the volunteers was provided and sponsored by Cindi’s New York Delicatessen. CIE/USA-DFW appreciated the great effort from the members and volunteers who participated in the MathComp/MathFun, and the students and parents for their strong support!

2013 CYLC Junior Leadership Seminar

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CIE/USA-DFW Chapter sponsored the CYLC Junior Leadership Seminar, hosted by CYLC (Community Youth Leadership Club). The seminar was held at Alexander Clark Center of University of Texas-Dallas on May 19th, 2013. About fifty 9th to 12th grade students attended the half-day workshop in the afternoon. OCA-DFW Chapter and University of Texas-Dallas were also sponsors of the seminar.

This annual junior leadership seminar was designed for teenage youth, and aimed at helping students to build their leadership and self-confidence in preparation for their coming college life. This year’s program comprised two interactive workshops and a panel discussion. The workshops focused on leadership development to build inter-personal relationship, enhance conflict resolution and sharpen positive mental attitude.

The first workshop included two featured presentations: “Timeless Leadership Principles” by Mr. James Carpenter Chief Information Security Officer at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, and “Conflict Resolution” by Mr. Jeff Nekuza, Jail Health IT manager at Parkland Hospital. In the second workshop, Ms. Suzy Fulton, an experienced general counsel, shared her presentation titled “What is a Leader?”, addressing the nature of leadership and role of a true leader using her broad experience when advising start-ups and early-stage companies in relevant aspects of the law such as intellectual property and due-diligence matters.  The last session was a panel discussion in which the panelists provided personal experiences and opinions on the choices of colleges and careers with students.

CIE Sponsored Event: 2013 North Texas TI Cup Chinese Speech Contest

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The CIE sponsored 2013 North Texas TI Cup Chinese Speech Contest was held in School of Management Building at UT Dallas on March 30, 2013 (Saturday). The event was participated by 145 primary and secondary school students from 19 schools in the DFW metroplex. Both American and American-Chinese students competed fiercely on the same stage under 5 divisions and 13 groups. The event received strong support from 65 volunteers and more than 10 local corporate and educational sponsors. The award presentation ceremony was participated by 160 parents.

The contest started at 1:00 in the afternoon. The contestants from kindergarten kids to high school students were divided into 9 groups. Students in each group competed for the first, second, third, and honorable mention prizes respectively. The Prize-Awarding Ceremony was held in the Auditorium Hall. Almost 400 students, teachers and parents gathered in the hall. This is not only a Chinese speech contest event, but also a communication platform for the students and parents.

This large Chinese speech contest was jointly organized by Dallas Modern Chinese School and the Confucius Institute at UT Dallas. The Consulate-General of China in Houston supported the contest. Ms. Gao Yanping, the Consul General, gave a congratulation letter to the competition. She encouraged the students to learn Chinese language well and to understand China in order to cultivate the flower and fruit of Sino-American friendship.

2013 North Texas Regional Science Bowl – A Huge Success!

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Event Chairs: Dr. Carter Tiernan, Rommel Alonzo, Sean Hsu

The 2013 North Texas High School Level Regional Science Bowl was held on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at Nedderman Hall of University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) from 9 am to 2 pm. The overwhelming success of the event was the result of strong support of Prof. Carter Tiernan, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and faculty member of Department of Computer Science at UTA, and the tight cooperation between CIE/USA-DFW, the UTA Chapter of Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and College of Engineering of UTA. A total of 14 high school teams registered for the competition.

The National Science Bowl (NSB) is yearly a nationwide academic competition sponsored by the US Department of Energy that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science. Students are quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy. Competing teams from diverse backgrounds were comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who served as an advisor and coach. This was the first time CIE/USA-DFW involved in hosting the regional competition, and the winning team from the regional competition advanced to the national level competition held in Washington DC.

The event started by a briefing of the format and rules of the competition at the auditorium. The teams then participated in 3 group level competitions. Four teams with the highest scores then advanced to the semi-final competitions. After an exciting final competition, Paschal 1st team beat Argyle 1st team by 70 points to 22 points, and became the winner of the regional competition. TAMS 1st team and Harmony 1st team were awarded the honorable mentions.

While waiting for the results, the teams were involved in various interesting engineering games, such as bridge building using toothpicks and candies, newspaper tower building and egg drops.

The competition received help from over 20 volunteers, who enthusiastically assisted in the organization of the event. All the participating organizations are looking forward to the continuous cooperation and organizing the competition again in the upcoming years.

2013 National Science Bowl (NSB) – North Texas Region – Pre-Event Release

National Science Bowl Logo

National Science Bowl Logo

Date and Time: March 9, 2013, Saturday
Location: University of Texas at Arlington, Nedderman Hall

CIE/USA-DFW is proudly co-hosting the National Science Bowl (NSB) North Texas Region High School level competition with the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) UT Arlington Chapter and UT Arlington College of Engineering at UT Arlington on March 9, 2013 (Saturday). The NSB is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science. Students are quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy. Competing teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. General public are welcome to become the audience and watch the excitement of the competition. For more information, please visit: http://science.energy.gov/wdts/nsb/high-school/high-school-regionals/texas-regions/north-texas-science-bowl/

Please contact the event chairs Rommel Alonzo (rommel.alonzo@mavs.uta.edu) and Sean Hsu (seanhsu.esq@gmail.com) for registration and more information.