Despite being in only its second year of competition, the chapter sent 45 students to represent Graham. Of those, 39 students placed in the top 10, with six qualifying for the national competition in Orlando, Fla., this summer. Graham also placed first in overall competition against 16 other 3A schools.
The national qualifiers include the team of Alex Barrett, Chris Riggins and Jacqueline Gonzales, who earned third with their Sci Vis entry, “Up in Flames — the Wildfire Project.” The event involves creating a video to explain a scientific topic.
The team of Mason Camp and Tanner Whiteley finished second in structural engineering, an event in which two and a half hours are given to construct a basswood structure that is destructively tested.
Clark Miracle earned first in Architectural 2D CAD. Students are given four hours to design and draw a home using an architectural Computer Aided Design program. Miracle also placed second in flight endurance, in which students build a lightweight balsa airplane to fly as long as possible.
For more details on the contest and Graham's participants, see the April 28 edition of The Graham Leader.