Broadneck Pupils Win Competition


January 25, 1991

A group of Broadneck Senior High School students has placed first inthe state in a Nationwide Engineering Design Challenge developed by the National Science Foundation. This is the first year Maryland has competed in the contest.

Carolyn Brunnett, technology education teacher at Broadneck Senior High School, is the coach of the team, which will represent Maryland in the national competition at the University of Maryland-College Park Feb. 2. Her hand-picked team of outstanding Broadneck students includes Mike Fellona, Marc Aymard, Nick Johnson, Amy Castelano, Mike Zuhowski and Tim Tunison.

The project was to develop a method enabling physically handicapped people to turn the pages of a book. The solution had to be safe, cost effective, user friendly, and demonstrated in a quality presentation. The team of students was solely responsible for designing the project.

The students have received valuable assistance from engineers John Staehlin, president and founder of Volunteers for Medical Engineers, and Rich Osborn, a civil engineer with John Harms and Associates in Glen Burnie.

The winning presentation -- including the mainworking prototype, a written report on the methodology, and a next generation report -- was made by the students on Jan. 10 at UMBC.

Students winning the national competition, against seven other states,will be entitled to college scholarships.

Information: 757-1300.

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