Several teams from Summit Technology Academy captured awards this spring in the Project Lead The Way High School Senior Showcase. A total of 379 engineering and biomedical science projects were submitted from 33 area schools.
The competitors have completed up to four Project Lead the Way courses during high school, culminating in a senior capstone project. This rigorous project enables them to collaborate with peers to look at solutions for real-world problems.
Winning in the engineering category, from Paul Rutherford’s engineering design and development course, was Team 360 Storage consisting of Avery Payne, Connie Wentworth, Kenzie Settle and Jake O’Bryan. They addressed the problem of scarce storage space for people in wheelchairs. The team, which received a $2,500 scholarship, created a storage device on the wheel of the chair.
Winning in biomedical sciences, from Peggy Hinzman’s Biomedical Innovations class, was Lydia Jefferson. Her project tested the impact of lead on circulation in zebrafish embryos to learn more about how lead in water adversely affects human body systems. She will receive a $2,500 college scholarship.
Amy Yang and Isabel Baughn won second place and will receive a $1,500 scholarship for a project that studied the correlation between school health policies and disease outbreaks in schools. Their instructor was Kevin McCormick.
Through the Senior Showcase, three Summit Technology Academy teams placed in the top 10 for the engineering projects and 13 of 14 Summit Tech teams placed in the top 10 (which included several ties) for biomedical science projects. Only the top three in each category earn scholarships, and three Summit Tech teams did so.
The Project Lead the Way Senior Showcase also includes the Innovator Award, recognizing innovation and marketability of project ideas. Two engineering teams from Summit Tech won this award: Team 360 Storage and Empowered Tent (consisting of Jacob Schnitzlein, James Roy, Alex Wood and Christian Greeff).
These winners are invited to the summer Make it REAL Workshop, hosted by local entrepreneurs from KCSourceLink and the Center for Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Development. Students will learn from these mentors about the world of entrepreneurs and product development.