Arleta HS won in the 25th Annual American Society of Civil Engineers Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition! (Reported by Mr. Sy)
On Saturday, March 23, 2019, Arleta High school participated in the 25th Annual American Society of Civil Engineers Regional Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition held at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona. This event brings together hundreds of high school students from Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Inyo, Mono and Kern. This event is designed as a fun way for high school students to develop engineering skills through critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork and creativity. It exposes students to the civil engineering profession and introduces them to some of the challenges and triumphs that civil engineers face in their careers.
Prior to the competition, high school teams had to prepare technical reports, display boards, presentations and of course their Popsicle Stick Bridges. Volunteers from the civil engineering profession served as judges, testing the bridges, scoring technical papers, display boards, and team presentations.
Arleta High School won the OVERALL 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. In addition, Arleta won 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in the "Bridge Efficiency" category, 1st and 3rd places in the “Presentation” category, 1st place in the “Impromptu Design” category, and 3rd place in the “Aesthetic Design” category. Eleven Arleta students comprised the three competition teams. Please see the names of our student winners below.
This competition is a great opportunity to emphasize the benefits of pursuing higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Team 1: Christian James Sy, Jose dela Lima and Erika Medina (all 12th grade)
1st place OVER ALL
1st place Best in Presentation
1st place Best in Impromptu
2nd place Best in Bridge Efficiency
Team 2: Angelica Rios, Antony Vaquerano, Alfred Garcia and Derek Palacios (all 10th grade)
2nd place OVER ALL
3rd place Best in Bridge Efficiency
3rd place Best in Aesthetic Design
Team 3: Emily Rangel (11th grade), Christian Jerel Sy (9th grade), Edwin Medina (11th grade) and Genesis Alonso (10th grade)
3rd place OVER ALL
1st place Best in Bridge Efficiency
3rd place Best in Presentation