Recent Frisco ISD graduates who took Engineering Design and Development at the Career and Technical Education Center received scholarships from Garver Engineering, a multiple-disciplined engineering, planning and environmental services firm, for their year-long product development projects in May.
“I was very encouraged to see our future engineers already creating solutions to known issues, as well as enhancing upon previous solutions of known issues,” said Quinn Spann Jr., a professional engineer.
Students were instructed pair up to innovate or invent a product of their choice to be presented during an end-of-the-year competition.
Professionals from Garver served as judges and mentors at the competition and awarded over $4,000 in scholarships to the top three groups.
“This extremely talented group of students made my job hard as a judge,” said Katherine Kleinschmidt, a professional engineer and professional traffic operations engineer. “I was thoroughly impressed with all the inventions.”
Lone Star High graduates Daniel Barker and Misael Jimenez received first place for their device that helps with hot vehicle interiors, prevents vehicle damage and even the loss of life.
“Seeing something you've put your soul into come to fruition was amazing,” said Jimenez. “It was the hardest and most rewarding moment of my life.”
Frisco High School graduates Nelson Levy and Parker Watson received second place for their device that lowers the amount knee valgus injuries, caused by the inward motion of the knee.
Centennial High School graduate Katherine Drinjak and Lone Star graduate Ryan Kennedy received third place for their device that helps prevent noise-induced hearing loss in children and young adults.
“The Frisco Education Foundation is proud to partner with companies such as Garver who invest in our future by investing in our kids today,” said Allison Miller, the director of the Frisco Education Foundation. “It is important for the youth in Frisco ISD to experience first-hand the commitment our adult community has to their success as students and potential employees.”
Congratulations to all of the Garver Engineering scholarship winners. To learn more about the Engineering Design and Development class at the CTE Center, please visit the CTE Center website.