On May 19, a team of three Lusher students (Brynn Beatty, Chloe Cazayoux and Autumn Routt–the only all-girl team) took 1st place in the annual Chevron Design Challenge. This is the 2nd year in a row that students in Lusher’s PLTW engineering program have won the top prize. Congratulations to Brynn, Chloe, and Autumn, and to their teacher, Mr. Owen!
From this Advocate article on the victory:
The design challenge focused on developing a plan and method to combat coastal erosion by autonomously planting a cordgrass plant in marshland. The system would have to remove a plant intact from a bucket, dig a hole, drop in a fertilizer pellet, insert a plant in the hole and then cover it. Smooth cordgrass absorbs the force of waves, preventing damage to the shoreline.
The team designed and developed its Vegetation Station using the Autodesk Inventor 3D design program. The students won a Lenovo tablet and bluetooth keyboard for their design. This is the second year in a row that Lusher has won the Chevron Design Challenge.
Lusher Engineering takes first place at the Chevron Design Challenge! Second year in a row, and the only all girls team ???????#lusherpride#pltw These girls are building the future ?pic.twitter.com/z6NAGPxLkt
— Matt Owen (@_mattowen_) May 20, 2018