April 22, 2014
Bakersfield, CA – Engineering skills will be put to the test at the 3rd annual Engineering Design Challenge at Bakersfield College on Saturday, April 26. But these aren’t college students testing their knowledge and understanding of engineering design concepts – no, these are high school students who are part of an elite program called Project Lead the Way. Sponsored by Chevron, Project Lead the Way is the leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (commonly known as STEM) programs.
On Saturday, April 26, students from area high schools will work with their teachers to test their engineering design skills. At the Engineering Design Challenge, the participants will respond to real-life scenarios and design products. Students will be coached by their engineering teachers and judged by local industry representatives. Using Autodesk Inventor®, a 3D software program to create sketches and present their own designs for products. In previous years, some of the student designs produced through this national program have received pending patents. Winning teams from the Engineering Design Challenge will win iPads, gift cards, and may advance to the state design challenge in San Diego this May.
The 3rd annual Engineering Design Challenge through Project Lead the Way, was funded by a $5,000 contribution from Chevron through their California Partnership, an initiative to invest in education and economic development right here at home.
The events for the 3rd annual Engineering Design Challenge at Bakersfield College run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The 3rd annual Engineering Design Challenge at Bakersfield College will be held in the John Collins Campus Center (cafeteria), in the center of campus.