Oakbrook Middle schoolers take first in state competition

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Oakbrook Middle School students can officially be recognized as the state’s top design and modeling team in engineering.

Oakbrook sent six students in the sixth and seventh grade to the University of South Carolina School of Engineering Competition in Columbia on March 11. The school started its Project Lead the Way (PLTW): Gateway to Technology (GTT) classes last fall. PLTW is a national engineering program and GTT is the middle school level program.

Oakbrook competed with 12 schools from across the state in the Design and Modeling competition. At the competition the students were asked to “reverse engineer’ a toy and recreate it using AutoDesk Inventor.

Reverse engineering means taking an object apart to see how it works in order to duplicate or enhance the object. AutoDesk Inventor is a three-dimensional CAD software tool used for production and design.

The final step of the competition was to give a presentation to a panel of judges (USC Engineering Honors students) and fellow competitors. The awards were based on the presentation, teamwork and overall success of the design. Oakbrook’s team was awarded the GTT DM Engineering Award, first place.

Team members consist of Sydney Mayers, Nicole Pereza, Jasmine Dixon, Cole Moran, Emory Huggins and Sean Gould.

Oakbrook’s students were under the guidance of Amy Baldwin, GTT and STEM careers instructor, and Instructional Technology Specialist Betsy Hare.

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