Students innovate at 30th Tech Challenge

San Jose, CA, April 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Thousands of students from across Northern California participated in the 30th annual Tech Challenge, sponsored by Dell, this weekend. More than 2,500 students worked in teams for months designing and building devices to help explorers cross an ice field with multiple ravines. They put their projects to the test in front of cheering crowds at The Tech Museum of Innovation.“This year’s Tech Challenge was an enormous milestone for a program that has inspired generations of students in our community,” said Tim Ritchie, president and CEO of The Tech. “The future scientists and engineers that our world will come to depend on again demonstrated that the tradition of designing solutions to complicated problems is alive and well here in the world’s capital of innovation.”The Tech Challenge, a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation, invites teams of students in grades 4-12 to use engineering design to solve a real-world problem. It reinforces 21st century skills including creativity, problem solving, design, teamwork, leadership, risk-taking, perseverance and learning from failure.“The Tech Challenge helped me realize how important teamwork is for solving problems,” said Kimberly Lopez, an 8th grade student from Ocala Middle School in San Jose. “When something failed, we worked together to try and fix it. I learned about robotics with this challenge and am definitely considering a career in engineering.”As a result of the design of the program, The Tech Challenge attracts a diverse group of participants. In recent years, 45 percent of the participants have been girls and more than 40 percent come from low-income communities, both of which are rarities in traditional engineering and science competitions.“Dell is proud to support of The Tech Challenge,” said Todd Forsythe, the Senior Vice President of Digital Marketing at Dell. “The world will always need innovative problem solvers, and The Tech Challenge has helped to develop those skills in students for 30 years.”The Tech Challenge would not be possible without the enduring support of hundreds of educators. This year’s Bob Grimm Award for an Extraordinary Educator was given to Allannah Ujifusa of Cupertino High School.Bob Grimm, who passed away in 2015, was a longtime champion of The Tech Challenge. He was a stalwart supporter of providing STEM education resources to all.Key sponsors supporting The Tech Challenge include presenting sponsor Dell, Cisco Systems Inc., SAP, Intel, Bank of America, Genentech and Cadence.For more information visit The Tech Challenge website.Media Contact: Jeff Gire | Communications Manager | 408-802-3397 | jgire@thetech.orgAbout The Tech Museum of InnovationThe Tech is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum — located in the Capital of Silicon Valley — is a non-profit experiential learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing applied technologies affecting their lives. The Tech Challenge and Tech Awards are signature programs of The Tech. The Tech’s mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone.
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4th and 5th Grade DivisionBest Overall 1st PlaceTeam name: TRESPASSERSSchool: The Harker SchoolBest Overall 2nd PlaceTeam name: Arctic InfusionSchool: The Harker SchoolBest Overall 3rd PlaceTeam name: Highland Tech MastersSchool: Highland Elementary6th Grade DivisionBest Overall 1st PlaceTeam Name: Flaming FirebirdsSchool: Cupertino Middle School
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Team name: Einstein ErasersSchool: Miller (Joaquin) Middle SchoolBest Overall 3rd PlaceTeam name: Science Squad Team ASchools: Warm Springs Elementary and Stratford School7th and 8th Grade DivisionBest Overall 1st Place
Team name: A3R2MYSchools: Peterson Middle School, Valley Christian Middle School, and Stratford SchoolBest Overall 2nd PlaceTeam name: Endless PotatoesSchool: Charter School of Morgan HillBest Overall 3rd PlaceTeam name: Team Solo BridgeSchool: Hopkins (William) Junior High SchoolHigh School DivisionBest Overall 1st PlaceTeam Name: Team UhSchool: Cupertino High SchoolBest Overall 2nd PlaceTeam name: Branson BullsSchool: The Branson SchoolBest Overall 3rd PlaceTeam name: The ReachersSchool: Cupertino High School Attachments:A photo accompanying this announcement is available at photo accompanying this announcement is available at photo accompanying this announcement is available at Gire
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European Energy A/S: Annual Report for 2016

European Energy A/S’ annual report for 2016 is now available. It is attached to this message and available on under “Investor Relations”.HighlightsRevenue almost doubled between 2015 and 2016 and reached EUR 140.8 million in 2016 (up from EUR 73.6 million).At the end of 2016, the pipeline of ready to build projects totaled 242 MW.European Energy A/S raises the full year guidance for profit before tax in 2017 to EUR 12-17 million (up from EUR 8-12 million).Presentation meetingEuropean Energy A/S would like to invite existing bondholders and interested investors to a presentation of the annual report. The presentation will be held on May 8, 2017 at 11:30 pm at the office of European Energy A/S, Gyngemose Parkvej 50, 2860 Søborg, Denmark. Participation requires prior registration. Please send a message if you are participating to communications and public affairs manager, Anna Riis Hedegaard at (+45 2070 8402)Further information: 
Knud Erik Andersen, CEO 
ph. + 45 4030 8463
Jonny Thorsted Jonasson, CFO 
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Alabama's McCombs wins FLW Tour at Beaver Lake presented by General Tire

ROGERS, Ark., April 30, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pro Johnny McCombs of Morris, Alabama, weighed in just two bass totaling 5 pounds, 4 ounces Sunday, but it was enough to win the $100,000 prize at the FLW Tour event at Beaver Lake presented by General Tire. McCombs earned the win by 2-pound, 6-ounce margin over second place pro Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas, in the four-day event hosted by Visit Rogers, that featured a field of 161 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals competing in one of the most challenging tournaments in recent FLW history.Link to photo of winner pro Johnny McCombs
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Another round of severe thunderstorms swept through northwest Arkansas Saturday night, bringing water levels up an estimated 4 or 5 feet overnight. The muddy water that greeted the final 10 anglers Sunday proved to be an extreme challenge, as only two anglers were able to bring a five-bass limit to the scale. McCombs only managed two keepers, but they were enough to earn the Alabama angler the victory in his first season back on Tour after a 14-year hiatus.“I still can’t believe it,” said McCombs, a three-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier who earned his first career victory. “This one probably won’t sink in for a while, but it was a long time coming. It’s so awesome to be back out here and doing what I love again and this 100 thousand will go a long way.”McCombs said that he caught most of his fish – including the tournament-best 18 pound, 15 ounce limit Saturday – fishing grass and bushes in flooded pockets. His bait of choice was a white and chartreuse-colored War Eagle Buzzbait with a Zoom Horny Toad. He said all of the fish that he weighed in this week came via the buzzbait except for one, when he followed up on a missed strike to the buzzbait with a jig.“I just kept working my way down the bank and trying to keep my bait in the strike zone for as long as I could,” McCombs said. “I was fishing the flooded bank – grass, people’s front yards and lawns, boat docks – anything that looked good. The water got too high today, and that’s why I didn’t get many bites. I missed a couple and I probably should have weighed in 14 pounds, but I just couldn’t hook them up today. Luckily I caught the two that I needed.”The top 10 pros on Beaver Lake finished:              1st:          Johnny McCombs, Morris, Ala., 17 bass, 47-1, $100,000              2nd:         Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas, 18 bass, 44-11, $30,000              3rd:         Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 20 bass, 43-3, $25,000              4th:         Keith Bryan, Novato, Calif., 20 bass, 42-14, $20,000              5th:         Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif., 18 bass, 40-10, $19,000              6th:         Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury, Odenville, Ala., 18 bass, 39-8, $18,000              7th:         Mud Hole Custom Tackle pro John Cox, DeBary, Fla., 16 bass, 38-7, $17,000              8th:         Christopher Brasher, Longview, Texas, 18 bass, 37-8, $16,000              9th:         Brandon McMillan, Clewiston, Fla., 16 bass, 36-0, $15,000              10th:       Dean Alexander, Georgetown, Texas, 16 bass, 34-5, $14,000Complete results for the entire field can be found at there were 28 bass weighing 55 pounds, 2 ounces caught by pros Sunday. Two of the final 10 pros weighed in five-bass limits.Charley Slaton of Valliant, Oklahoma, won the co-angler division and $20,000 Friday with a two-day total of nine bass weighing 17 pounds, 15 ounces, followed by Billy Messer of Spartanburg, South Carolina, who finished in second place with 10 bass weighing 17 pounds, 14 ounces, worth $7,550.In FLW Tour competition, pros and co-anglers are randomly paired each day, with pros supplying the boat, controlling boat movement and competing against other pros. Co-anglers fish from the back deck against other co-anglers. The full field of 322 anglers competed Thursday and Friday. Co-angler competition concluded following Friday’s weigh-in, while the top 20 pros based on their two-day accumulated weight advanced to Saturday. Only the top 10 pros continued competition Sunday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition.Throughout the season, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of professional bass fishing. The 2017 Forrest Wood Cup will be on Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina, Aug. 11-13.The FLW Tour at Beaver Lake presented by General Tire was hosted by Visit Rogers. The next event for FLW Tour anglers will be the FLW Tour at the Mississippi River presented by Evinrude, May 18-21 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.Television coverage of the FLW Tour at Beaver Lake presented by General Tire will premiere in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) June 18 from 6 a.m.-7 a.m. EDT. The Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.For complete details and updated information visit For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at FLWFLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 274 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.# # #Attachments:A photo accompanying this announcement is available at photo accompanying this announcement is available at Opager
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