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SC students named National Finalists in Bright Schools Competition

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Middle Schoolers Zack Mazaheri, Kosi Nwabueze, and Rayan Ansari were named National Finalists for their winning project, entitled "Vigilmask Sleep Mask." Read more about their work in this official press release from the Competition.



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Sierra Canyon Middle School Students Named National Finalists in the Bright Schools Competition
Their project - Vigilmask Sleep Mask - is One of 50 National Finalists in Innovative STEM Competition for Students in Grades 6-8
 
[Chatsworth, CA]—April 18, 2017—Zack Mazaheri, Kosi Nwabueze, and Rayan Ansari along with coach/teacher, Norm Brennan, of Sierra Canyon School in Chatsworth, CA have been named national finalists in the 2nd annual Bright Schools Competition™. The competition is a collaborative effort of the National Sleep Foundation and the National Science Teachers Association that encourages students in grades 6-8 to explore the correlation between light and sleep and how it influences student health and performance. Vigilmask Sleep Mask is one of 50 national finalist teams, chosen from among nearly 500 students from 53 schools. In early May, first-, second- and third-place national winning teams will be announced. The complete list of the national finalists can be found at http://brightschoolscompetition.org/.
 
This winning project, entitled “Vigilmask Sleep Mask,” looks at how blue light affects our sleep and incorporates this into a sleep mask where blue light gently wakes you in the morning instead of an audible alarm sound.
 
“The National Sleep Foundation would like to congratulate the finalists on their innovative projects. The Bright Schools Competition™ has shined a light on the importance of sleep and overall health, and we’re encouraged to see so many students interested in how light directly affects their sleep and academic performance” said David Cloud, CEO of the National Sleep Foundation.
 
“The Bright Schools Competition is a celebration of the talent and ingenuity of our youth, providing students with a unique opportunity to think critically while exploring the connection between light and sleep,” said NSTA Executive Director Dr. David Evans. “Congratulations to all of the national finalists for their hard work, enthusiasm, and imaginative ideas.”
 
Under the mentorship of an adult coach/teacher, teams of two to four students identify, investigate, and research an issue related to light and sleep as it pertains to their community and/or young adolescents. Using scientific inquiry or engineering design concepts teams develop a prototype, create an awareness campaign, or write a research proposal for the competition. Each team then submits a written report detailing their project along with a three-minute video showcasing their investigation. Projects are evaluated on the basis of several criteria, including scientific accuracy, innovativeness, and potential impact.
 
All students who enter the competition will receive a certificate of participation. Students on the first-place national winning team will each receive a cash prize of $5,000; second place students will receive $2,500; and third-place students will receive $1,500. The coach/teacher of the first place team will also receive a prize package, including Vernier Middle School Probeware, an all-expense paid trip to an NSTA conference, and membership to NSTA. The second-place coach/teacher will receive an all-expense paid trip to an NSTA conference and membership to NSTA, and the third-place coach/teacher will receive membership to NSTA and a $500 gift certificate to use in the NSTA Science Store.
 
More information about the competition is available at http://brightschoolscompetition.org/.
 
About the National Sleep Foundation
The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and advocacy. Founded in 1990 by the leaders in sleep medicine, NSF is the trusted resource for sleep science, healthy sleep habits, and sleep disorders to medical professionals, patients and the public. For more information visit sleepfoundation.org or sleep.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
 
About NSTA
The Arlington, VA-based National Science Teachers Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA’s membership includes approximately 55,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.
 
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Contacts:
Maureen Varnon
National Sleep Foundation
(703) 243-9156
 
Kate Falk
National Science Teachers Association
(703) 312-9211
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Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.