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 Project Lead The Way Kansas
EDD Scholarship Competition and PLTW Showcase

April 18, 2013

On April 18, 2013, Wichita State University’s College of Engineering hosted the seventh annual Engineering Design and Development (EDD) Scholarship competition and the fourth annual PLTW Showcase. Over 130 students entered projects from their PLTW classes. Entries were judged by professional engineers, educators, and PLTW alumni.

The EDD projects are part of students' capstone course in the Project Lead the Way pre-engineering program. Teams of students work together to develop a solution to an open--ended engineering problem. Projects were judged based on:

  • Problem selection and research
  • Project construction
  • Testing, real data and conclusions
  • Poster presentation

The winning projects for the 2013 Kansas PLTW EDD Competition were:

  • First Place – Hanger Pro, Paul Rehm, Jared Kenton, Basehor-Linwood High School
  • Second Place – High Arousal Fire Alarm, Alfredo Fields, Jacob Karst, Newton High School
  • Third Place (tie):
    • Spoiled Milk Detection, Joshue Rios, Eduardo Moran, Tyler Cotter, Wichita West High School
    • Longeron Corrosion Inhibitor, Madison Bays, Zane Woltz, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School

Members of the first place team were each awarded a $2000 scholarship to attend WSU's College of Engineering; members of the second place team received $1000 scholarships; and the third place team received $500 scholarships.

For the PLTW Showcase, students from other PLTW classes entered their "Best" project. Winning entries for the PLTW Showcase were:

  • Introduction to Engineering Design, Reverse Engineering (3-way tie):
    • Hunter Ridpath, Jonathan Varela, Efrain Tarango, Braden Phetkhamchanh, Derby High School
    • Guage Carmichael, Wichita East High School
    • Crissy Wolf, Wichita East High School
  • Principles of Engineering, Marble Sorter:
    • Fischertechnik: John Schwartz, Stephen Williams, Benito Rodriguez, Arkansas City High School
    • VEX: Nathaniel Harris, Nick Kilby, Michael Mahoney, Derby High School
  • Specialty Courses – Respirometer, Keaton Kessler, Biotechnical Engineering, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School
  • Gateway to Technology – Digital Timer, Duncan Campbell, Robinson Middle School