Temple College SkillsUSA STEM Club Brings Home Gold Medal at National Competition

Jul 19, 2023
Temple College

Temple College’s SkillsUSA STEM Club competed at the SkillsUSA National Championships in Atlanta June 19-24 and, for the second consecutive year, won the gold medal in engineering technology design.

The 2023 engineering technology design team, made up of students Adrianna Rogers, Tobias Tait and Thomas Clawson, participated in onsite challenges provided by Air Products. They were required to design and create a draw bridge to hold a water bottle. In addition, they presented their “AHA – Articulated Headset Armature,” a device that holds a virtual reality (VR) headset to assist VR developers in efficiency and hands-free application when designing VR products.

The additive manufacturing team – students Ben Cameron and Trio Jimenez – participated in a three-day onsite challenge. The challenge was provided by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The team first participated in a mini challenge to design a ring, and then completed a full-scale challenge to design and build a device with interchangeable gears capable of picking up multiple items. The team placed fifth in the nation.

“The SkillsUSA competitions have helped me grow in developing skills in problem-solving and the engineering design process,” said Rogers, who serves as the club’s president. “It has opened up multiple opportunities for me through networking and meeting people from all over the U.S.”

Rogers, who was awarded a $5,000 SkillsUSA Make Your Mark Scholarship provided by Aerotek said she encourages students to take advantage of the opportunities provided by SkillsUSA and Temple College.

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