Students from the California Academy of Mathematics and Science recently earned first place in Northrop Grumman’s third annual High School Innovation Challenge.
The contest required students to build a remote-controlled, lighter-than-air vehicle filled with helium. The students brought their completed project to a gymnasium in Redondo Beach where they flew the device through a maze of obstacles and used it to release a ping pong ball over a target.
Several area high schools competed in the event. Members of the CAMS team included sophomore Bradley Matheus, “who has extensive experience operating remote control vehicles,” according to the CAMS website. CAMS junior Arren Bustamante created vivid images of the vehicle on Inventor 3-D modeling software. Senior Karina Simpson participated for her second time. Senior Andrew Thompson constructed the frame for the electronics, and freshmen Sophia De Guia, Lisa Hachmann and Timothy Pop contributed time and engineering expertise to the winning team.
CAMS, a high school run by the Long Beach Unified School District on the campus of Cal State Dominguez Hills, placed 22nd out of 21,000 public high schools in U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of America’s top high schools.
Learn more at lbschools.net/cams.