Cazenovia students take top honors at engineering contest

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Submitted by Jason Hyatt More than 20 engineering students from Cazenovia participated in the third annual GHD Student Engineer Contest on April 14 at Cazenovia High School – and two hometown teams won the two top prizes in the competition. During the competition, which is sponsored by local engineering firm GHD, two teams from Cazenovia took top honors, earning the school a $500 scholarship. “The Squad,” composed of team members Carl Bauder, Celeb Edelstein, Peter Decew, Frank Marconi, Zac Morris and Brendan Wells, took first place overall in the competition. Members of “Girls on Fire” – Jamie Enders, Maggie Carpenter, Annika Christensen, Elizabeth Palmer and Liz Pittman – earned second place overall. Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 11.32.18 AM›Showing off their winning design are “The Squad” (left to right): Carl Bauder, Brendan Wells, Frank Marconi, Caleb Edelstein and Peter Decew. (Not pictured is Zac Morris.) The past two challenges posed by GHD have covered two of the five market sectors that fulfill the extent of their work. Their five market sectors of business include water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. This year’s challenge focused on the property and buildings sector, with a concentration on HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning). Students were to construct a bench scale HVAC system to maintain three room temperatures while utilizing only energy from a heat lamp. It was up to teams to decide their HVAC scheme. Models were to be constructed using materials available at a craft, electronics or hardware store. Teams first received the challenge in early February, while attending a chartering session and tour of the Syracuse Center of Excellence. Each year, GHD has designed the competition to include a tour of a facility to add to the educational value of the contest. In addition, GHD provided up to $250 for students to use for materials for the contest and, new this year, a $500 scholarship to the winning school. The scholarship is to be awarded this year to a graduating senior entering a STEM- related (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field. Participating students also had to submit progress reports, a research report and final design report, and present their designs to judges. Each of these components carried a certain percentage of points in the competition. For all the students who were involved, this was certainly a challenging, hopefully fun and definitely worthwhile contest that taught them a lot about engineering, design and teamwork. Cazenovia High School would like to thank GHD for sponsoring this competition and we look forward to participating in the future. Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 11.32.51 AMMembers of second-place team “Girls on Fire” answer questions from GHD judges about their designs. They are, from left to right, Annika Christensen, Jamie Enders and Elizabeth Palmer. (Not pictured are Maggie Carpenter and Liz Pittman.)

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