Second Annual CNY Innovation Challenge 2019

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This in from the TACNY email list. Students, mentors, and judges are all welcome to take a look.

The CNY Innovation Challenge aims to spark ideas to develop groundbreaking products or services and to foster entrepreneurship. We know that students have really good ideas that could turn into great inventions and this challenge has been designed to help guide those ideas from concept to completion. The process includes a crucial step – documenting intellectual property to protect concepts that could be used in a patent application. Teams will learn strategies to advance their idea and take a product/service to market. In addition to designing and developing an idea, you will need to have a solid go-to-market plan and a marketing pitch to “sell” your concept. See full rules.


The Challenge is open to students in grades 6-12. There will be winners in two brackets: high school (grades 10-12) and middle school (grades 6-9). Teams need to have a minimum of two students and a maximum of four. Top team prize for the high school category is $1,000 and top team prize for middle school level is $500. Additional prizes will be determined based on the number of entries overall.

Announcement flyer provided below.

For more information about the event and contributing, see cnystem.com/innovation/

Syracuse University’s 2019 Summer Engineering Research Internship Program For High School Students

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

This in from the TACNY email list – an excellent program for your consideration and/or passing along to perspective summer researchers.

Syracuse University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science has created engineering research opportunities for local talented rising high school seniors. This six-week program begins June 27 and ends August 9, 2019. Students will work 25 hours/week directly with SU research professors and graduate and undergraduate students on a specific research project. Their summer work will conclude with a presentation at a poster session. Selected students will be given a stipend for their work. Interns will be selected through a competitive application process. Call 315-443-4178 or e-mail cestokes@syr.edu if you have any questions regarding the program.


Detailed information regarding the internship, applicant eligibility, and application requirements, including the on-line application, can be found on our website: highschooleng.research.syr.edu 

Completed applications are currently being accepted.  The application deadline is 5:00 PM Friday, March 1, 2019.

About TACNY

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

Free Astronomy Magazine – January-February 2019 Issue Available For Reading And Download

Jan/Feb 2019 Cover

Greetings, fellow astrophiles!

The most recent issue of Free Astronomy Magazine (November-December 2018) is available for your reading and downloading pleasure at www.astropublishing.com (click the link to go directly to the issue).

Free Astronomy Magazine (website, facebook) was featured as the first of a series of articles on great free online content for amateur astronomers (see A Universe Of Free Resources Part 1) and we’ll be keeping track of future publications under the Online Resources category on the CNYO website.

You can find previous Free Astronomy Magazine issues by checking out our Free Astronomy Magazine Category (or look under the Education link in our menu).

For those wanting a quick look at what the issue has to offer, the Table of Contents is reproduced below.


January-February 2019

The web browser-readable version of the issue can be found here:

January-February 2019 – www.astropublishing.com/1FAM2019/

For those who want to jump right to the PDF download (15 MB), Click here:

January-February 2019