EIS students place sixth at national technology conference

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Submitted by Eminence Independent Schools

Eminence Middle School (EMS) Technology Student Association Chapter attended the National TSA Conference on June 28 through July 2 near Washington, D.C. Technology Student Association (TSA) is a national organization that focuses on engineering practices. It is a compliment to our technology courses offered at the middle school. Eminence’s chapter participated in six events representing the state of Kentucky as state winners.

Blaze Berry, Jackson Curtsinger and Quentin Shuff placed sixth in the Robotics Systems Control event. Students brought their robotics kits and computers to the event. Their onsite challenge was to design a system to monitor oil leaks on an ocean oil rigger. Once the system detected a leak it was to sound an alarm, then drop a sensor at the leak location so that a repair team could locate and repair it.

Students built and programmed an underwater drone that would scan the surface of the oil rigger, it sounded an alarm and dropped GPS locators at the leak location. Students submitted an inventor log and were interviewed by the judges. Students were able to build a system and program it to create a real-life simulation within the two-and-a-half-hour limit allowing them to place sixth out of at least 30 other states.

The chapter team officers Bella Coffee, Alyssa Harger, Sydney Brandenburg, Sydney Dennis, Jackson Curtsinger and Harrison Truman participated in Chapter Team taking a written assessment on Roberts Rules of Order.

Bella Coffee, Alyssa Harger, Sydney Brandenburg and Sydney Dennis participated in the mechanical engineering event where they constructed a Rube Goldberg machine that required them to construct three subsystems each with at least one of the six simple machines. The structure had to fit in a 36-inch-by-24-inch space. This event required a portfolio documenting the problem solving process.

Blaze Berry, Truman Gilbert and Harrison Gilbert participated in the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) challenge. They designed, built and raced a solar-powered vehicle at the conference and submitted a design process portfolio.

Jackson Curtsinger and Quentin Shuff represented Kentucky with a video game they design and developed along with their design portfolio. Brianna Babbish, Addison Roederer and Sadie Perkins submitted their statewinning webpage that they developed around the National TSA theme of a breakout business.

Sydney Dennis and Sydney Brandenburg participated in the elections of the new national TSA officer team for the 2019–2020 school year as voting delegates.

“Eminence student’s attendance at this event supports STEM, leadership, community service,and other initiatives at our school. This is our first year attending the National Conference. It is only our second year of having a TSA chapter at our middle school. I am so proud of how our students represented our school and state. It is a huge accomplishment to come home with a top ten winner. I believe we will have more national finalist next year. They have learned so much about the design process this year,” said Chapter Advisor Sherry Curtsinger.