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May 15, 2018 > Tri-City students score at Tech Challenge

Tri-City students score at Tech Challenge

Submitted By Renee Chan

A team of five students from Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School in Union City and Warm Springs Elementary School in Fremont recently won a pair of awards at the 31st annual Tech Challenge 2018: Drop and Dash competition.

The Tech Challenge is a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose is aimed at students in grades 4-12 and challenges them to use engineering design to solve a real-world problem. The idea is to reinforce 21st century skills into students including creativity, problem solving, design, teamwork, leadership, risk-taking, perseverance and learning from failure.

At this yearÕs event, teams were charged with building a device that falls 10 feet, then travels uphill to deliver a payload, all without the use of batteries. More than 2,000 students from throughout Northern California participated in the event, held April 28 in San Jose.

The Tri-City team, Blue Tech Unicorn, took home a completion medal and the Outstanding Engineering Design Process Award. Team members were:

¥ Sabrina Cheung, 6th grade
¥ Angeline Ho, 6th grade
¥ Brianna Johnson, 6th grade
¥ Fatima Khawaja, 6th grade
¥ Fiona Chan, 5th grade

All team members are from Itliong-Vera Cruz Middle School, except Fiona Chan, who is from Warm Springs Elementary.

To prepare for the event, the girls started their project in October 2017. They designed the architecture, searched materials in their garage and at the Dollar Store, built from scratch, tested and revised, implemented safety procedures, and recorded all the details in their engineer journal.

The Outstanding Engineering Design Process Award is based on the quality and details of the journal. The judges were also looking to see if submissions were original designs, whether all team members could answer the judges' questions about their design, whether all the team members fully participated and understood their project and how well their design met the challenge rules.

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