Recently, a group of WMS student (Raavi Avaneendra, James Campbell, Ethan Chae, Samridhee Bhatt, Pranitha Rajaa, Ala Cross, and Evan Zabala) entered the Tech Challenge, a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation, designed to inspire the innovator in everyone. Each year, The Tech Challenge presents a new design inspired by a real-world scenario. To date, more than 25,000 students have honed their creative problem-solving and teamwork skills as part of this annual program. The challenge takes place over several months as participants form a team, design, build and test their project. Teams document every step of their process including testing, brainstorming, and most importantly what they learn through experimentation and failure. The challenge culminates in a showcase event, the Tech Challenge, where teams present their project to judges.
This year's challenge saw the Wells team, Team Hover Discover, create a hovercraft that could carry a payload down a ramp with different features such as a tunnel, sandpaper, and holes in the ramp.
All students that participated faced tough challenges, experienced failure and were forced to push themselves to find solutions. These are skills they will use for the rest of their lives, as students and in their careers.
Thanks to WMS teacher Priscilla Barton for instilling the spirit of perseverance, determination, and curiosity in these students.
Special thanks to the parents that supported the team, including, Erin Campbell, Chandra Avaneendra, Hee Chae, Sonia Esparza, and Sunil Bhatt.