March 28, 2017

Positive Impact gives students opportunities for research, design

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by Jacquelin Camacho, Staff Reporter WHS 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…

Students plan, design engineering projects

by Rosalie Chan, Web Editor Nine students currently work on designing engineering solutions for the Positive Impact – Next Generation Innovators Challenge, with projects ranging from a prosthetic leg to an operating room. “Part of our project is how we can impact the world, so even if we have the smallest impact, that would be good,” Dan Crabbe, senior, said. Participating students received problem statements, where they had to design a solution to the problem that followed the prompt’s criteria. Crabbe and Christian Galvan, junior, received a prompt to create a prosthetic leg. “We’re building a prosthetic leg for a…