There is Hope for Math, Engineering and Science of Tomorrow; Stockton, CA MESA Team Wins National Engineering Design Competition - Prosthetic Arm

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Four students from Stagg High School in Stockton, CA prove that inner city public schools can dominate against Charter Schools and Science Academies.

High School Seniors Brooklyn Omstead, Dellanira Alcauter, Anthony Nichols and Junior Gabriel Zuniga designed and built a functional, winning prosthetic arm for less than $30.

The team from Stagg High School in Stockton, California, instructed by their teacher/advisers Andrew Walter and Kathy Sady, won the June 19-22, 2014 MESA National Engineering Design Competition for the third time in the past 10 years. The students traveled to Portland, Oregon to compete against teams from across the US after winning the California state competition.

Their fully functional arm outperformed all others in loading groceries into a basket, screwing together nuts and bolts and in throwing objects for accuracy and distance. All three seniors will be matriculating to colleges in California and Hawaii.

"These students worked and won as a team. They determined the best solution, built the entire arm and created a presentation that explained their process and success. They prove that we are in good hands as move into the future," says Adviser Andrew Walter. "I hope that next year's competition will be larger and even more fierce. We look forward to the challenge."

All media should contact Andrew Walter (awalter(at)stockton(dot)k12(dot)ca(dot)us) for interviews and additional information.

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