MINOOKA – The Minooka Community High School chapter of the Technology Student Association had three teams finished at top places at the Illinois Technology Student Association’s annual Technology Day at Illinois State University on October 13.
For each of the competitions, students had two hours and limited materials to design and build a device that could complete a specific challenge.
Two MCHS teams earned place finishes in the Transportation Technology category. In this category, teams had to construct an airplane that could stay in the air for the greatest amount of time.
The airplanes were also required to have two wings and both rear stabilizers (vertical and horizontal).The team of junior Zach Wojcieszak and freshman Mia Schofield earned first place in Level 2, and and the team of freshmen Preston Slater and Nick Pierce earned third place in Level 1.
One MCHS team earned a place finish in the Engineering category. In this category, teams had to construct a structure that would hold two different sized balls the furthest distance apart horizontally.
Additionally, one ball had to be between 3 feet and 3-feet-6-inches above the table and the other a minimum of 5 inches above the table. Creations were also restricted to a 2-foot-by-2-foot base. The team of sophomores Aidan Bell and Lucas Smerica earned third place in Level 2.
According to the Illinois Technology Student Association’s website, Technology Day is a one-day series of STEM-based, simultaneous, hands-on competitive events, typically drawing about 300 to 400 middle and secondary students.
Each year, the competitions are different in scope, but similar to what other students in academic areas such as mathematics and science compete in. Each competition has Level 1 components, which include sixth through ninth grades, and Level 2 components, which include 10th through 12th grades.
Each competition is based on the standards for technological literacy: content for the study of technology, common core mathematics standards and the next generation science standards.
Schools do not need official TSA affiliation to compete at Technology Day.