CLARION – DuBois Area High School recently participated in the Regional PA Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Competition, which was held in Clarion at the Riverview Intermediate Unit No. 6.
This year’s competition also featured teams from Franklin, Redbank and Titusville School Districts. Teams were challenged to research, design, prototype and present a device or project that is capable of making the quality of life better for citizens of Pennsylvania.
During the process, the students researched STEM related careers and the skills needed to be successful in those careers in their local communities.
On the day of the competition, the teams also competed in a “working as a team challenge” where they were given a box of materials and 30 minutes to build a device that houses an egg and protects it when thrown 10 feet to a target.
The DuBois Area High School team took first place in the competition and is now invited to proceed to the State Competition, which will be held May 27 at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster.
The DAHS team’s prototype is for a system, which will harness the energy of waste ice from restaurants, grocery stores, etc., and use it to produce a supplemental air conditioning system. Their system takes the ice normally dumped down a drain and turns it into a cheaper and more efficient way of cooling kitchens or storage areas.
The DuBois Area High School team consisted of Jacob Sutter, Kameron Haines, Nicholas Tomblin, Alex Feldbauer, and Franki Henrichs. The team was mentored by teacher Jennifer Keith, Stephen Feldbauer, Don and Karen Henrichs, Padon Rishell, and Dave Rishell.