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 Project Lead The Way Kansas
EDD Scholarship Competition and PLTW Showcase

April 29, 2014

On April 29, 2014, Wichita State University’s College of Engineering hosted the eighth annual Engineering Design and Development (EDD) Scholarship competition and the fifth annual PLTW Showcase. Over 110 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 2014 Kansas PLTW EDD Competition were:

  • First Place – The Curved Tent Stake, Harry Collins, Wichita West High School, Teacher: Jim Pugh
  • Second Place – Blind Corner Vehicle Detection System, Jordan Schroeder and Tyler Shelly, Newton High School, Teacher: Brian Rickard
  • Third Place – Das Air Filter, Dylan Bowman, Austin Admire, and Shailyn Crisp, Winfield High School, Teacher: Carey Lybarger

Members of the first place team were each awarded a $2000 scholarship to attend WSU's College of Engineering in fall 2014; 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 – Interlocking Furniture Design, Blake Hawkins and Koby Herbst, Valley Center High School, Teacher: Dustin Little
  • Principles of Engineering - Marble Sorter using iPhone App, Bill Messenger and Dylan Resciniti, Kingman High School, Teacher: Gary Chisam
  • Specialty Courses (tie):
    • Aerospace Engineering - Aerospace Projects, Jovan Lawless and Sheema Ahmed, Wichita Northeast Magnet High School, Teacher: Alan Schmidt
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture - Architectural Renovations, Bennett Hobbs, Derby High School, Teacher: Chris Shetlar
  • Gateway to Technology – Death Drop, Robby Carlisle, Wichita Mead Middle School, Teacher: Kristy Duggan