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STLCC-Florissant Valley Hosts Project Lead the Way Competition April 11

April 02, 2008

Students from 20 area high schools will vie for top honors in the St. Louis Regional Engineering Academy Project Lead the Way Competition Friday, April 11, at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.

The competition begins at 8:45 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room in the Student Center on campus, 3400 Pershall Road. Teams of five students in grades 9-12 will spend the morning building devices to perform a specific task -- transporting objects of different rate and difficulty to a targeted spot. They will construct their devices from a kit that includes small motors, rubber band propellers, mouse traps, balloons, dowel rods, tape and cardboard. Teams earn points for the amount of material moved to the target within a time limit.

Confirmed participating high schools include Hazelwood East, Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood West, Kirkwood, Lindbergh, Mehlville, Parkway North, Parkway South, Parkway West, Ritenour, Riverview, Eureka, Lafayette, Marquette, Rockwood Summit, Gateway Technology and Pacific. Representatives from AmerenUE and other businesses/industries will serve as judges. Judging begins at approximately 11:30 a.m.

Project Lead the Way is a curriculum that helps students use technology and mathematics to solve problems, understand and apply the scientific process, understand technological systems and work in teams.  The ultimate goal is to prepare the students for college engineering courses.

The competition is sponsored by the St. Louis Regional Engineering Academy (SLREA) and the St. Louis Industry Council.  SLREA is a regional partnership consisting of St. Louis Community College, area business and industry representatives, area high schools, and local colleges and universities.  Its purpose is to enhance and expand technical education in high schools, to encourage students to explore engineering and technical career fields, and to identify and pursue academic prerequisites for college engineering programs.  The academy serves more than 1,100 students in 20 area high schools.

The St. Louis Industry Council mentors Project Lead the Way schools through a planned, coordinated program; assists in review and delivery of curriculum; provides opportunities for field trips, internships and summer jobs; evaluates and offers future direction of the academy; and promotes the program to area schools.

For more information about the Project Lead the Way Competition, call Michelene Moeller at 314- 513-4811 or Dale Gerstenecker at 314-513-4331.