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CSUB Hosts Chevron’s Engineering Design Challenge

Fourteen regional high schools participated in the 7th annual Chevron Project Lead the Way Engineer Design Challenge hosted by the California State University, Bakersfield School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering (NSME) and Chevron on Saturday, April 14. A total of 42 students were involved.

Dr. Alan Fuchs, director of the California Energy Research Center at CSUB and judge for the design challenge, said, “As a teacher of engineering design for many years, I enjoyed seeing new ideas from Bakersfield high school students related to new potential products and processes.”

Throughout the day-long event, student teams of 9th-11th graders from the “Project Lead the Way Pathways to Engineering Program” responded to real-life scenarios and design products by creating sketches with Autodesk Inventor ®, a software program, and presented their own unique designs with PowerPoint presentations.

“The Chevron Design Challenge environment creates an authentic design experience in a one- day event. Students are exposed to the pressure of critical thinking and problem solving in a structured and competitive environment. Teams are required to communicate, collaborate, and meet deadlines to be successful,” said Project Lead the Way Director of School Engagement Shelley Fox.

Project Lead the Way provides TK-12 Engineering pathways, empowering students to innovate using the engineering design process. The Activity-Project-Problem (APP) is a student-centered instructional model facilitated by teachers that have completed PLTW’s transformative teacher training. Students learn to solve problems in a structured way, and it gives them the confidence to do so. It provides them with an interest in the field as they learn and develop skills, rather than shying away from it, Fox explained.

At the end of the day, awards were presented to the top teams. A complete list of winners is provided below:

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1st Place - QM & T Design (Natalia Quinones, Austin Miller and Erik Torres) Harmony Magnet Academy

2nd Place 5 Star (Camile Lopez, Amiee Mondragon, and Ezequiel Trujillo) Shafter High School

3rd Place Hawk Academy (Juan Bravo, Jacob Kellog and Ryan Kalama) Mission Oak High School

4th Place Tentoria Engineering (Jose Cisneros, Kaled Barraj and Alex Diaz) Highland High School

5th Place Titans of Engineering (Tristin Diaz, Camila Alana and Jason Clark) Frontier High School

Winners received:
st place: ipad
nd place: $100 Amazon gift card 3rd place: $75 Amazon gift card 4th place: $50 Amazon gift card 5th place: $25 Amazon gift card

Top 3 will go onto state finals next month.

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