LTHS students take top honors
March 7, 2013 11:12AM
Lockport Township High School students Mike O’Shea (left) and Jack Deckinga show off their certificates after placing third in structural problem-solving during the 12th annual TSA Technology Day at Illinois State University. | Supplied Photo
Updated: April 11, 2013 6:02AM
Two Lockport Township High School teams earned top honors recently at the 12th annual TSA Technology Day at Illinois State University.
Engineering, design and architecture students Mike O’Shea and Jake Deckinga finished third in structural problem-solving, and Aaron West and Tim McNamara placed third in invention/innovation problem-solving.
School officials said Technology Day is an opportunity for students to learn about technology and engineering design education from a standards point of view through an extracurricular-type format, competing against other students in hands-on, problem-solving-based activities and challenges.
More than 350 students from Illinois competed in teams of two to solve various engineering challenges.
“These students really put some creative thought into solving these real-world problems,” said LTHS teacher Jeff Brown. “They all got involved, used many backgrounds of ideas and information to achieve the success that they did. They have a very short amount of time to figure out the problem, create solutions, select one, build the prototype and test their solution.
“I am very proud of these students and what they accomplished at this event.”