GOT GRIT? CONTEST WINNERS

The most valuable lessons in life are rarely learned with ease. In the real-world, directions are often confusing, things break and results aren’t always pretty. We believe in the importance of recognizing students who tackle challenging projects with tenacity and mental toughness. 

 

What is Grit? 

 

 

Got Grit? 3D Printer Engineers

3D Printer Engineers

Cy Ungerer, Josh Jenne, Lewis Orr and Brendon Wampler challenged themselves to design and build a 3D printer from scratch, with no kit or instructions. The team researched and assembled every part, many of which had to be custom fabricated. They demonstrated Grit by overcoming numerous obstacles along the way and succeeded in completing the project.
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Got Grit? Grand Prize Winner 2017-2018

 

Got Grit? Self-Propelled Boat

SELF-PROPELLED BOAT

Hunter Wright, demonstrated that he’s Got Grit while engineering a self-propelled boat, at South Lee High School, with instructor, Martin Bryant. He had to overcome many challenges during the project. His 3D printed design did not completely print and leaked. The boat would shift to the right and motor mount modifications were required. A custom switch was needed for consistent electrical connection and the boat was dramatically off balance during testing.
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Got Grit? Biohazard Retrieval Project

Biohazard Retrieval Project

William Woodhouse, Daniel Cunningham and Alex Corby challenged themselves to design a custom Robotic Biohazard Retrieval Project at Clay Middle School, with instructor Derek Dial. The team documented their challenges in an engineering design notebook, highlighting that at one point the entire robot program was accidentally deleted. After struggling for five days to master rotation conversions, distance and grip, they completed the task, proving that they have got grit.
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Got Grit? Underwater Robot

Underwater Robot

Jingyu Liang discoved that it takes grit to engineer an underwater robot, at South Lee High School, with instructor, Martin Bryant. The Got Grit Contest winner was forced to repair and replace a number of components. Acrylic boards broke and peeled apart. Weight and balance alterations were needed. Motors had to be upgraded and replaced. He also incorporated additional waterproofing modifications and designed a 3D printed a payload box.
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Got Grit? Grand Prize Winner 2016-2017

 

Got Grit? Cardiac Stent

Cardiac Stent

Got Grit Contest Winners, Arianna and Ramani learned that it takes grit to work in Biomedical Engineering. The 6th grade students were challenged to create a wire stent that would spring open and support an artery, in the STEM Lab at Carmel Middle School, with instructor, Sally Davidson. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Keep up the great work. 
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Got Grit? Home Engineering

Home Engineering

Congratulations Got Grit Contest Winners: Anthony, Jonathan, Pavel, Brannoc, Madison, Tony, Josh, Isabelle, Antonio and Brianna. The 8th grade students, at Swansboro Middle School, were challenged by instructor Michelle Flint to create a working model that required the collaboration of multiple modules. The team designed the house in CAD, then developed a solar powered electrical system to run lights and a ceiling fan. Walls and landscape had to be fabricated and painted. Furniture was scaled down and 3D printed. The final project combined: Virtual Architecture, Alternative Energy, Laser Technology, Materials Processing, Environment & Ecology, and Digital Manufacturing.
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Got Grit? Lunar Robot Prototype

Lunar Prototype

Got Grit Contest Winner, Noah Terhune, engineered a Lunar Robot Prototype, at South Lee High School, with instructor, Martin Bryant. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Keep up the great work.
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Got Grit? Fight Technology

Flight Technology

Got Grit Contest Winners, Deniz Telci and Jacob Weinstein, discovered that aeronautical engineering requires grit. The team developed glider prototypes, in the STEM Lab at Reading Junior High School, with instructor, Rachelle Ferguson. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Keep up the great work. 
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Got Grit? USB Charger

USB Charger Prototype

Got Grit Contest Winner, Connor Buckley, creates his own portable charger. Connor is a 6th grader, in the STEM Lab at Clay Middle School, with instructor, Derek Dial. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Your contest submission demonstrated that you've got grit. Keep up the great work. 
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Got Grit? Engineering Beams

Engineering Beams

Got Grit Contest Winners, Jorie and Haley constructing and testing beams. We are proud to reward the hard work and determination they demonstrated in the STEM Lab at Ira Jones Middle School with Applied Technology Instructor, John Pilch. Thanks for sharing your learning experience. Keep up the great work. 
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