Last weekend, teams from all over the bay area competed in Tech Challenge 2018: Drop & Dash. This year, SLI sent eleven teams from Cabrillo Middle School and nine teams from Santa Clara High School.

As the San Jose Tech Museum website describes, “This signature program of The Tech invites teams of students in Grades 4-12 to use the engineering design process to solve a real-world problem. Participants spend months collaborating and becoming deeply engaged in the challenge while documenting their progress and designs. The program culminates in an exciting two-day showcase in [April] when teams put their solutions to the test in front of judges.” This year’s challenge was to “design and build a device to survive a drop and deliver supplies, all without the benefit of batteries.” (https://www.thetech.org/story-contest)

At the event, judges interviewed each team, reviewing their journals and their devices; afterwards, teams entered the testing room where they proceeded to one of many rigs and tested their device. Overall, some teams did incredibly well, while others struggled with unforeseen setbacks. Either way, the Tech Challenge is an incredible learning experience for students, to learn how to persevere, to take risks, and to hone design thinking and presentation skills.

We’re proud to announce that at the end of the day, one SLI team went home with a second place award for Outstanding Device Performance, and another received an award recognizing the strengths of their engineering journal! Well done!

And during the awards ceremony, the presenters gave a hint as to next year’s theme: hovercrafts!


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