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NM MESA teams win 1st Overall at the 2016 MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition

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Red Mtn MS and Deming HS teams and their advisors. Click image for more pictures...

Jun 26, 2016 –

Congratulations to the NM MESA teams at the 2016 MESA USA National Engineering Design Competition in Ogden Utah. This past weekend (June 24-25, 2016), Red Mountain Middle School and Deming High School won 1st Overall in both Middle school and High school divisions. MESA USA’s National Engineering Design Competition held each year tests students from 11 states on their engineering prowess through multiple aspects of a given project.

The competition this year was the Prosthetic Arm 2.0 Challenge.  Teams built a low cost Prosthetic Arm that they could control with Arduino Programming and components. In order to show how well their arm worked they had to demonstrate that it could complete a set of pre-defined tasks. They also had to write a technical paper, build a poster and make an oral presentation that described their project, how it was built, the components they used and other various facts about the process they used along the way.

Student teams performed the following tasks at the National Engineering Design Competition:

  • Distance Accuracy: greatest distance and accuracy achieved by tossing bean bags into the target zone in the fastest time. (2 trials)
  • Object Relocation Task: fastest time achieved by placing all objects into and removing all objects from the specified container. (2 trials)
  • Dexterity Task: greatest number of bolts and nuts correctly placed and secured onto the testing device in the fastest time. (2 trials)-HIGH SCHOOL ONLY
  • Design Efficiency – greatest ratio of performance score to device mass
  • Academic Poster Presentation-Teams will present academic posters to a panel of judges and will then respond to judges questions.
  • Technical Paper

Red Mountain Middle School from Deming, New Mexico had made it to the National Competition several years in a row, falling just a little short last year finishing in 3rd place. They committed to getting back there this year and took their game to a higher level. The state qualifying event had many great teams but Red Mountain came out ahead and headed to Ogden, Utah to try to grab the top prize. This all female team consisting of Team members Alejandra Orosco, Adriana Darrow, Kaitlyn Warczinski, along with their Advisor, Monika Velez, won 1st place overall in the Middle School division as they showed first class knowledge and expertise in operating and describing their device throughout the performance and presentation stages. Early on they set the pace as they won each aspect of the performance tasks.

Deming High School made it to the National championship this year after finishing 2nd last year in the state qualifying event. They were determined to make the best of their opportunity and studied, prepared, and built their arm like true engineers. Early on they also won each aspect of the performance tasks, demonstrating they were not going to go home without giving it their best effort. Team members Antoni Varela, David Velez, Robbie Lee Perkett, and their Advisor, David Jaramillo won 1st place overall for the High School division.

We are very proud of the poise and determination exhibited by both of these teams and look for great success in the future for all of our students that competed at the state and national level.

Final results

Middle School division

TECHNICAL PAPER

1st: California

2nd: Utah

3rd: New Mexico

ORAL PRESENTATION

1st: California

2nd: Maryland

3rd: Pennsylvania

POSTER DISPLAY

1st: Arizona

2nd: Oregon

3rd: New Mexico

OBJECT RELOCATION

1st: New Mexico

2nd: California

3rd: Maryland

DISTANCE ACCURACY

1st: New Mexico

2nd: Arizona

3rd: California

DEVICE EFFICIENCY

1st: New Mexico

2nd: ARIZONA

3rd: CALIFORNIA

High School division

TECHNICAL PAPER

1st: California

2nd: Utah

3rd: Arizona

ORAL PRESENTATION

1st: California

2nd: New Mexico

3rd: Washington

POSTER DISPLAY

1st: Arizona

2nd: Maryland

3rd: Utah

OBJECT RELOCATION

1st: New Mexico

2nd: Arizona

3rd: Oregon

DISTANCE ACCURACY

1st: New Mexico

2nd: California

3rd: Pennsylvania

DEXTERITY

1st: New Mexico

2nd: Pennsylvania

3rd: Arizona

DEVICE EFFICIENCY

1st New Mexico

2nd: Pennsylvania

3rd: California

OVERALL WINNERS

Middle school

1st: New Mexico

2nd: California

3rd: Arizona

HIGH SCHOOL

1st: New Mexico

2nd: California

3rd: Pennsylvania

 

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