Congratulations to Affton High School juniors Curtis Dawkins, Lori Eckhardt, Sam Krakowski, Pamela Petterchak, and Nicole Wagoner! These students were recognized by the Board of Education at the Feb. 21 meeting for their first place finish in Design & Presentation at St. Louis Community College’s Project Lead the Way (PLTW) competition earlier this month.
Explains Dawkins, “We were tasked with creating a solar panel (green paper) array that was the lightest, most efficient (lifted at correct angle), and largest (in surface area of green sheets). We were given PLTW money that we could use to purchase materials. We learned a lot about being open minded and conservative while also using problem solving skills to think quickly on our feet in order to remain within our limited time frame. It’s competitions like these that give students the opportunity to experience real world engineering with a budget and a time constraint.”
“The competition was a lot of fun and we learned a lot about how to work as a team to design a product. We got to apply our skills that we’ve learned during our three years of engineering, including angle calculations and proper documentation,” adds Petterchak. “After neglecting to purchase enough tape, we learned that it is important to purchase enough supplies to complete a project- even if that means going over-budget.”
“What I enjoyed most was being able to do what I love with an amazing team,” said Wagoner. “Despite the pressure and time constrains, we never found it difficult to joke around a little and release some of the tension. My teammates were amazing and I believe that it was our teamwork that allowed us to build such a successful product.”
Additional congratulations go to Petterchak, who was also recognized as the 2017 St. Louis & Southern Illinois Affiliate Winner of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing.
From her award letter: “Your outstanding leadership, exceptional academic history, and forward-thinking ability distinguish you as a remarkable young woman. As an Award recipient, you join a supportive group of over 7,000 young women who, like you, have a passion for computing and technology.”
We are so proud of these #afftonstrong students!