Several Pine-Richland School District students placed eight at the Chain Reaction Contraption Contest at the Carnegie Science Center on Dec. 7, 2018. SciGirls Club members were named finalists out of 40 registered teams.
Competing in the competition were seniors Devin Golla, Mahika Sampat, Radha Patel, and Kate Schillinger; sophomores Jessica Czerski, Elly Jang, Lakshmi Natesan; and eighth-graders Jaimee Joshi, Sreyashi Mondal, and Kesar Sampat.
The team’s sponsor is PRHS Physics Teacher Heather Rogus.
Club Officer Radha Patel says that the club seeks to encourage girls into STEM careers and pursue scientific opportunities.
“We are incredibly proud of our members,” Ms. Patel said.
The Chain Reaction Contraption Contest was open to students in grades 9-12 and was part of National Engineers Week events. The CRCC fosters an interest in engineering by challenging students to create a machine that will accomplish a specific task using a series of steps. The CRCC is sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Company and presented in cooperation with the Carnegie Science Center.
This year’s contest task was to Tie a Knot. Teams had to submit a preliminary design drawing and submit a series of progress photos that show the machine's evolution. The team had to build a machine that accomplishes the assigned task and demonstrate their machine and make a verbal presentation.