The following article was submitted by Louise Goldsmith:
students Kyle Ume, Zach Minion, and Ethan Morris participated in last week’s Junior Solar Sprint Car state inter-county final. As part of Mount Pleasant Middle School’s technology education program all students are challenged to design and build model solar powered vehicles.
Those cars which perform best in categories such as engineering, innovation, craftsmanship, and speed are selected to compete at the regional level against schools from across the suburban Essex, Passaic, and Union counties. Zach, Kyle, and Ethan’s car, “Two and Half Men” won third in both speed and craftsmanship at the district level, earning them a spot in the State Inter-County finals.
The Inter-County final, comprised of the top cars overall from a pool of over 3,200 students was held on Tuesday, May 29 at Central Park of Morris County. Student’s race their cars against one another, as well as present their designs and products for judging in a variety of other categories over the course of the event. Kyle Zach and Ethan had a strong showing placing in the top 15 of all cars in the final, as well as taking first overall in the engineering design portfolio category.
Making the achievement even more impressive was the fact that they were competing against primarily teams of seventh and eighth graders. The students proudly returned to school with their first place trophies, marking the second consecutive year a team of Mount Pleasant students have taken home trophies from the event.