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 Project Lead The Way Kansas
EDD Scholarship Competition and PLTW Showcase

April 23, 2012

On April 23, 2012, Wichita State University’s College of Engineering hosted the sixth annual Engineering Design and Development (EDD) Scholarship competition and the third annual PLTW Showcase. Over 50 teams of students entered projects from their PLTW classes. Entries were judged by professional engineers and educators.

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 2012 Kansas PLTW EDD Competition were:

  • First place: Redesigning the Shopping Cart -- Zayna Alyan, John Romero, Ken Vu, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School
  • Second place: Shifting Up! -- Brian Neas, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School
  • Third place: Firefighters' Assistant -- Ernesto Cisneros, Connor Olberding, Mitchel Boyd, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School

Members of the first place team were each awarded a $2000 renewable 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:

  • Engineering Design & Development (IED) -- Emergency Supply Kit, Megan Haynes, Arkansas City High School
  • Principles of Engineering (POE) -- Heavy Duty Rover Truck, Quyen Tran, Wichita Southeast High School
  • Principles of Engineering (POE) Marble Sorter -- Avrey Courtney, Colton Hall, Jaseem Masood, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School
  • Aerospace Engineering -- Brandon's Glider, Brandon Friesen, Wichita Southeast High School
  • Gateway to Technology (GTT) -- The Magic of Electrons!  Jake Fiedler, Wichita Hadley Middle School