Outstanding Academic Performance – Mission College Prep Catholic School

The SMART Competition is recognizing Mission College Prep Catholic School and Teacher-sponsor Ms. Nancy Alcombright for Educational Excellence in this year’s competition.  Ms. Alcombright had a record six teams participating in this year’s competition.  Two of the six teams finished the required deliverables and made their team presentations earlier this week.  One of the teams won 2nd Place and another won Honorable Mention in the global competition.

According to Michael Andrews, Managing Partner of Andrews & Associates and one of the competition founders, “Ms. Alcombright, the other school administrators, IT staff and other team supporters should be proud of what the students accomplished, learned, shared and imagined.”

Mark Schneider, a co-founder of the SMART Competition and Bentley Systems Technical Director, Integrated Lifecycle Solutions said the “students exceeded the learning objectives of the program.  The student teams that made their presentations demonstrated an understanding of energy, sustainability, collaboration and problem solving”.

Ms. Alcombright also provided competition organizers with student feedback that will be used in next year’s competition.

Student Teams Competing in the Global Finals

2nd Place winter of the SMART Competition
Grace Cegelski
Makenna Parkinson
Lani Kross
Hannah Ellingen
Avery Munster
Mentor– Dave Parkinson
Honorable Mention
Emile Naccasha
Sam Li
Alex Ramey
Luke Llaurado
Mentor – Craig Merrilees

Other Participating Student teams

Aryanna Ferdinandi
Marin Thyrring
Max Valentine
Connor Torelle
Mentor – Catlin Mattheis
Kai Janowicz
Theodore Lindquist
Wesley Weisenberger
Robert Lammert
Mentor– Scott Therien
Patty Clark
Kyle Park
Jenna Miller
Mentor– Bryce Cape
Elizabeth Najera-Flores
Gabby Trevison
Jessica Nino
Cameron Stout
Jenna Kelly
Mentor– Tom Bensky

Some of the design changes they made ranged from rotating the building to utilize a modified roof design and adding better shade trees to reduce the heat gain in the building.  The also improved the efficiency of the HVAC system by using water source heat pump systems and introducing an efficient saltwater battery system to the campus.

In addition to team member awards, the school will receive a $500 donation to support its STEM and CTE programs from Bentley Systems.

The SMART Competition (www.smartcompetition.org) is a STEM and Career and Technology Education (CTE) education program that provides high school students with a practical real-world design challenge that addresses sustainability, green design, localized power generation, architecture, the environment and the community.  The competition is open to all high school students who attend public, private, parochial, charter and home-based schools or participate in informal education programs.  The competition is designed to attract all students without regard or bias of gender, race, socio-economic or academic performance level.

For additional information, contact Mike Andrews, m.andrews@smartcompetition.org

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SMART Competition – 2017 Winning Team – Pius X High School

The 2017 SMART Competition was a success! The winning team of this year’s competition was from Pius X High School in Lincoln, Nebraska. Team members included
Jeremy Scheffler – teacher – sponsor
Kathleen Medill Natalie Schieuer
Tom Fulton Taylor Geirhan

The design changes they implemented were planned to increase the overall reliability of the equipment and building systems while reducing the costs of operating their school of the future. One interesting research finding noted by the students was that using wind energy would have been less efficient and noisier on their campus. According to Natalie, “We selected solar power because of the expected efficiency supported by Swanson’s Law”. Like Moore’s Law in the integrated circuit and computer chip manufacturing world, Swanson’s Law states that solar photovoltaic modules drop in cost and double in output efficiency every ten years.

The judges were very impressed by the research and implementation plan the students had for their project. According to Paul Wagner, a Bentley Systems Senior LEARNservices Consultant, “The student’s understanding of building information management (BIM) enabled them to make real improvements to the building and the campus that you might expect from more experienced designers.”

In addition to team member awards, the school will receive a $500 donation to support its STEM and CTE programs from Bentley Systems.

The SMART Competition (www.smartcompetition.org) is a STEM and Career and Technology Education (CTE) education program that provides high school students with a practical real-world design challenge that addresses sustainability, green design, localized power generation, architecture, the environment and the community. The competition is open to all high school students who attend public, private, parochial, charter and home-based schools or participate in informal education programs. The competition is designed to attract all students without regard or bias of gender, race, socio-economic or academic performance level.

For additional information, contact Mike Andrews, m.andrews@smartcompetition.org.

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Volunteer Global Involvement

The 2016-2017 SMART Competition is continuing to attract global attention.  This year the competition has involved engineers and technical professionals from North and South America, Asia and the European Union.

According to Everett Greenli, SMART Volunteer Coordinator, “we’ve received offers to be a judge, mentor or communications volunteer from individuals with different types of professional specialties”.   He said that while we need judges, providing the student teams with professional guidance is essential.  “Successful student teams need help with problem solving and project management, not just the software used in the competition”.

Bentley Systems (www.bentley.com) provides the software for the competition.  Bentley Systems is a software development company that supports the professional needs of those responsible for creating and managing the world’s infrastructure, including roadways, bridges, airports, skyscrapers, industrial and power plants as well as utility networks.

The SMART Competition (www.smartcompetition.org) is a STEM and Career and Technology Education (CTE) education program that provides high school students with a practical real-world design challenge that addresses sustainability, green design, localized power generation, architecture, the environment and the community.  The competition is open to all high school students who attend public, private, parochial, charter and home-based schools or participate in informal education programs.  The competition is designed to attract all students without regard or bias of gender, race, socio-economic or academic performance level.

For additional information, contact Mike Andrews, m.andrews@smartcompetition.org

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2016 Registration Deadline Extended

In response to requests from our participants The SMART Competition timeline has extended the entry deadline from 1/15/2016 to 2/5/2016.

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2016 Smart Competition is Underway

The SMART Competition for the coming year is underway.   Pre-registration is open with 2 teachers registered.  Our website and the Bentley software have been updated to reflect this year’s focus.  We are looking forward to a great year with teams participating from around the world.  Competition dates have established and deliverables identified.

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$100 Registration Fee is Waived

Benefactors have generously agreed to donate the resources necessary to enable participants to register at no cost to the registrant.

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Questions About Heating or Cooling?

We’ve added some notes about ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) in the lesson narratives. If you have any questions regarding heating and cooling, ASHRAE representative Colin Laisure-Pool has agreed to be a contact person. He can be reached at clpool@gmail.com.

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