WHS students win state champion titles for technology projects
The Westlake High School Technology & Engineering (T & E) Department was selected for the state’s best project during the Ohio Technology & Engineering Educators Association (OTEEA) state conference school exhibits competition, held April 6 in the Buckeye Building of the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. The event was held in conjunction with the growing MakerX festival.
Students of the Westlake High School T & E Department garnered two state champion titles for their Best of Show awards in two different technology categories, and added the prestigious Zupancic award as well as a Best of Show runner-up award. Winning a state champion title for their Best of Show awards were the following:
The senior team of Ethan Simon, Connor Reis, Robert Fulop and Austin Loosli for their “Multi- Unit Townhouse” and energy-efficient model home design in the Construction/Architecture Technology category. They also captured the Zupancic Award, selected as the single best outstanding project in the entire state of Ohio among all Best of Show winners.
Ethan Simon also won a second Best of Show award for his custom 3D printing collection in the Manufacturing/Rapid Prototyping Technology category.
Winning a runner-up Best of Show award for his Solar Submersible project in the Engineering Technology category was senior Connor Reis.
Students from around the state entered over 340 projects in nine different technology categories.
The school exhibits competition was part of the second annual MakerX festival, which featured over 80 exhibitors from the region sharing their passion for creating with technology. The event included robotics of all types, competitive drone flying, video game and virtual reality projects, digital graphics, 3D printing, digitally designed crafts, high-tech transportation, sci-fi themed cosplay, inventions and entrepreneurship.