Tesla Students Place Second in Engineering Competition
Posted on 09/27/2016
Tesla students Cara Kloes, Brooke Hoernke, and Suet Lee spent their 2015-16 school year working on a way to reduce the incidences of texting and driving.

Their solution to the problem was a free, downloadable app that illustrated the dangers of texting while driving.

They took second place in the 2016 Wisconsin Engineering Competition hosted by MSOE. Along with this recognition they received a $2000 award and a feasibility review of their product.

Phill Reisweber, Tesla Technology Education Instructor said that "As a group, they went above and beyond on a consistent basis and were able to implement the engineering process and document every phase of development of their app."

The Wisconsin Engineering Design Competition is a statewide competition for Wisconsin students currently enrolled in one of the PLTW Capstone Courses - "Engineering Design and Development" or "Biomedical Innovation." 

Engineering Design and Development is the senior level Tesla class that offers a unique opportunity to exercise the technical skills students have developed not only in their PLTW classes, but in other classes as well, while incorporating their personal experiences, too.

Students work in teams to solve a problem of their choosing. EDD is about the process of seeking a well-justified original solution to a real-world problem. No one will know the solutions outcome at the beginning of the journey, but all groups will move through the problem solving process, and gain skills which they will be able to implement in any profession for the rest of their life. Students use the same design process that they have used in their Tesla classes to develop their product.

Teamwork, scheduling, project management, documentation, and self-assessment are major factors in successful projects. The teams research, document, consult experts, design, build, test, and present their findings during the course.

About Tesla

Tesla Engineering Charter School is a STEM-focused high school within the Appleton Area School District. Housed at Appleton East High School, Tesla provides students with a hands-on, discovery-focused education that introduces students to a variety of engineering and STEM-related careers and skills.  

“Fun”, “cool”, “creative”, and “personal” are just a few of the words students at Tesla use to describe their school. They are given ownership in their education through the use of open-ended projects that allow them to come up with solutions of their own design. Tesla provides an experience that mixes the technical with the creative, and the rigor with the relevance.
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