June 27, 2017

Positive Impact gives students opportunities for research, design

by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter

positiveimpactrp1WHS hosted the Midwest Research Competition: Positive Impact, an engineering contest that allows high school students to take on real world challenges through research, design and presentation, on April 12. One WHS team placed third in the Next Generation’s Innovator Challenge (NGIC) of the competition.

Omar Joya and Kat Dobrowski, seniors, and Cole Dammeier, sophomore, competed in designing an operating room that minimizes the risk of infections for patients. They focused their design on air ventilation systems that allow an increased amount of airflow into operating rooms.

“The highlight of the day for me was going up there to present and knowing that we made it to the finals. When I learned that Wheeling made it into the top 6, I was both nervous and excited,” Joya said.

Dan Crabbe, senior, and Anne Janulis and Christian Galvan, juniors, also competed in NGIC. They designed a prosthetic leg with a lower cost that could help amputees in third world countries obtain prosthesis.

“Our product and the research involved only skimmed the surface on how we could impact third world countries. Considering I will be majoring in engineering physics, I can utilize this experience as the beginning of my educational career,” Crabbe said.

Dobrowski summarized this event as an opportunity for students to make their mark on real world issues.

“All high school students should be encouraged to participate in an event like this because it is an opportunity for students to look at the world beyond their current environment,” Dobrowski said.

Michael Geist and Jeff Bott, engineering teachers, served as coaches for WHS, helping the students understand software, find industry mentors, and prepare for their presentations.  Mr. Geist felt the most proud of how the students took a lot of time working on their projects in addition to other after school activities.

“Innovation is researching what others have done and building on that. Working in an engineering field is about collaborating with others,” Mr. Geist said.

Mr. Geist hopes that the students use this experience to understand what the engineering field is like.

“When [students are] choosing careers, part of their plan should include how they can make an impact. It should not be about the money or status, it should be more profound. I hope that seeing what they are capable of, doing so early in high school, helps them choose their careers,” Mr. Geist said.

NGIC first place winners, Justin Markel, Beny Romo and Jon Kuruc of South Elgin High School designed a prosthetic leg for their project. Their prosthetic leg had a design that allows amputees to utilize it for multiple physical activities. Their research focused on cycling and running.

“It took us six months to prepare our project, and we will be continuing to work with companies to actually create the prosthetic leg,” Markel said.  “It solidified what we want to do, encouraged teamwork, and allowed us to build important connections,” Markel said.

This is the second year that WHS has hosted the Midwest Research Competition.

“Hosting this event gives WHS a good reputation and shows that it is really enforcing STEM. I overheard a coach saying ‘do you do this every day?’ He was joking of course, but it really shows that WHS is showing its leadership in STEM,” Joya said.

Comments
15 Responses to “Positive Impact gives students opportunities for research, design”
  1. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.

    Nonetheless, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back often!

  2. It’s going to be ending of mine day, except before ending I am reading this impressive article to increase my know-how.

  3. Mira says:

    Have you ever thought about adding a little bit more than just your
    articles? I mean, what you say is valuable and everything.
    However think about if you added some great photos or videos to give your posts more,
    “pop”! Your content is excellent but with pics and videos, this blog
    could undeniably be one of the most beneficial in its field.
    Amazing blog!

  4. I all the time used to study post in news papers but now as I am
    a user of web so from now I am using net for articles or reviews,
    thanks to web.

  5. You made some good points there. I looked on the internet to find out more about the issue and found most
    individuals will go along with your views on this site.

  6. Howdy! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site
    with us so I came to take a look. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m bookmarking and
    will be tweeting this to my followers! Exceptional
    blog and wonderful design.

  7. It’s awesome in support of me to have a website, which is useful for my know-how. thanks admin

  8. This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have
    found something which helped me. Thank you!

  9. Pretty! This was an incredibly wonderful article.

    Many thanks for providing this info.

  10. It’s enormous that you are getting thoughts from this article as well as from our discussion made at this time.

  11. I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I’m not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my difficulty. You’re amazing!

    Thanks!

  12. webs.com says:

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Well written!

  13. Hi, I do think this is an excellent site. I stumbledupon
    it 😉 I’m going to come back once again since I book-marked it. Money and freedom is the best way to change, may you be rich and continue to guide other people.

  14. Hubert says:

    If you are going for best contents like I do,
    only pay a visit this site all the time since it offers quality contents, thanks

  15. Armando says:

    Fantastic items from you, man. I’ve take into accout your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely magnificent.
    I really like what you have received here, really like what you’re stating and the way during which you are saying it. You’re making it enjoyable
    and you still take care of to keep it smart. I cant wait to read much more from you.
    This is actually a great web site.