Tehachapi High School and Jacobsen Middle School both walked away with First Place in their respective divisions at the 2013 Aerospace Valley Regional Science Olympiad at Antelope Valley College over the weekend.
The Principles of Engineering and Digital Electronics classes from Tehachapi High School entered projects in five categories at the event, walking away with four first places and the Division C First Place for high school teams. This small team of THS Project Lead the Way students were competing with students from Antelope Valley schools, including Quartz Hill and Palmdale High School.
Placing first for their events were Brooke Neufeld for the Robotic Arm; Harrison Pauer for the Trebuchet; Adam Confer for the Structures Competition; and Ethan Averett, Noah Finch, Taylor Fritz, Ryan Garcia and Emma-Leigh Ruano for the Sustainable City Display and Presentation.
The Jacobsen Middle School team, led by Debbie Slemp, also made a strong showing, with numerous small teams earning medals for their individual competitions. In the end, they scored the highest overall and earned the Division B First Place for Middle Schools. Their victory this weekend earned them a berth at the state competition on April 6.
The 2013 Aerospace Valley Regional Science Olympiad Competition is like an academic track meet consisting of a series of events that count towards individual medals as well as team scores. The events have a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) focus and are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of STEM disciplines.
At the Division C level, the event was an invitational, not qualifying teams for the state finals, but a first run at hosting such a high school level competition in the Antelope Valley.
The Division B competition was a qualifying event that enables the winning middle school teams to travel to the State Finals and compete against teams from across California.
This event was sponsored by Antelope Valley College, Lockheed Martin, and the Los Angeles County Office of Education.