Approximately 80 Ohio elementary schools and more than 7,500 students participated in the 19th annual Imagine Engineering program, and two Western Row Elementary students took top honors.
WR second grader Liza Amalraj placed second in the statewide contest and received a big screen microscope and a $20 gift card from the local chapter. Another WR second grader, Riya Dulal, came in third and received a MathShark skill-building game and calculator, and a $20 gift card also from the local chapter. The prizes were awarded during a presentation on April 5.
Two more Mason students placed in the top five in Southwest Ohio. Mason Early Childhood Center second grader Skylar Denbow and WR second grader Lucas Joseph placed fourth and fifth and each earned a $20 gift card as well.
All of the Mason second graders have been encouraged to pursue their engineering dreams by STEM teacher Kim Peters.
Members of the
Ohio Society of Professional Engineers
(OSPE) visited second grade classrooms to discuss Ohio's engineers, and to engage students in explaining what engineers do. Students are then asked to draw and color original pictures, from their own impressions, of engineers at work.
"Engineering is a three step process starting with creating the design and blueprint, then planning, when people talk about what to build, which leads to improving the world with what we build."
The drawings were submitted and evaluated at the state level, and then Ohio's top three "Imagine" winners were announced.
"My picture is about a girl who says 'We need a bridge!', so I showed how the engineering design process including the materials needed, the blue print design, and then the bridge being built," explained Denbow.
southwest Ohio alone, 31 schools were presented to and almost 2,300 students competed for our top five
," explained OSPE member Richard Miller. "
From all of these students, Mason had four finish in our top five
, and Lucas.