Sato Academy of Mathematics and Science students recently placed second, and Cabrillo High School students placed third at the state finals of the Chevron Design Challenge.
Chevron partners with Project Lead the Way – a leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math curriculum – to offer the contest, which gives students the chance to address a problem related to portable, renewable and affordable energy.
This year’s contest focused on solar energy as well as energy from fusion, or the process of merging the nuclei of two smaller atoms into one larger atom.
The Design Challenge rewards outstanding student projects and highlights the importance of engineering design that solves real-world problems. Students build portfolios and then submit them on an Innovation Portal. A panel of judges reviews the portfolios. The top five teams are invited to virtually present their portfolios to a panel of judges.
Winning teams receive grants for their school, including $5,000 for first place, $2,500 for second place, and $2,000 for third place.