A team of Mars High School technology education students earned the “Most Green” award at the competition.
The Mars team's entry in the contest used only recycled materials scavenged from the scrap bins in the high school's manufacturing technology lab, says Ray Machusko, technology education teacher. The students also used some items salvaged from last year's entry in the contest.
“This is a good real-world application of what the students are learning in their (technology education) classes,” says Jacob Dvorak Jr., a Westinghouse Electric engineer and district resident who served as a mentor for students during the project. “The project is very hands-on and requires various practical skills and teamwork.”
This year's presenting team members from Mars were senior Jose Quinones, junior Devin Beacom, and sophomores Brady Mathews, Bridget O'Donnell and Nick Tully. Senior John Strasbaugh and sophomore Kevin Pool also contributed to the project.
“I am proud of the students' efforts throughout this entire project and with their presentation of their product,” says Machusko.
In addition to their award, the Mars students will be receive a tour of ALCOSAN (Allegheny County Sanitary Authority).