SPOKANE – Three Shadle Park high school students will represent the state of Washington in the national Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) competition in Portland this week.
Soon-to-be sophomores Kleopatra Delchuv, Jessica Lim and Hailey Guyette spent months fine-tuning their project: a working prosthetic arm that completes multiple designated tasks. Under this year’s MESA requirements, the device must allow the operator to toss three different sized balls into buckets, pick up and relocate several different objects, and screw nuts and bolts into a board.
The students managed to win the Washington state competition with their design, which they constructed and tested on their own time, outside of school.
MESA Spokane manager Joanna Moznette said the three teens didn’t let the barriers of everyday life get in their way: they even used FaceTime to video chat when they couldn’t be together.
“Sometimes they just worked in two ‘cause all three of them couldn’t make it,” Moznette said. “They made sure that third person stayed looped in on the project. They really moved forward as a team and I think that is something that will translate into their careers no matter what they are.”
All three students aspire to medical careers.
The Shadle Park team will compete against eight other teams from eight different states at the MESA National Engineering Design Competition June 21-23 in Portland, Oregon.