Posted on June 25, 2013 at 3:53 PM
Tuesday, Jun 25 at 4:01 PM
SPOKANE, Wash. – Three Shadle Park High School students represented 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. The students managed to win the Washington state competition with their design, which they constructed and tested on their own time, outside of school.
At the national competition at Portland State University, the trio went up against eight other states’ winners. The Shadle Park students got third place in object relocation as well as third place in their oral presentation. Their scores weren’t high enough to place them overall, but they say it could’ve been worse: two teams’ prosthetic arms broke during competition.
The three tenacious teens still aren’t satisfied. They plan on perfecting their prosthetic arm next year for competition.