Human Element2016 Human-Centered Engineering Award for STEM Students

2016 Human-Centered Engineering Award for STEM Students

Aptima’s Human-Centered Engineering Award Recognizes Students at Dayton Regional STEM School Science Fair

On Saturday, February 20, 2016, students at the Dayton Regional STEM School (DRSS) gathered to compete at the school’s fifth annual Science Fair. In addition to the crowd of students, parents, and teachers, Aptima, Inc. employees Sterling Wiggins, Samantha Perry, and Zachary Kiehl were on hand to serve as judges for the third annual Human-Centered Engineering Award.

“Aptima’s Human-Centered Engineering Award recognizes the best in student innovations that enhance the ability of people to interact with and use technology effectively,” said Dr. John Feeney, Aptima’s Dayton Operations Manager. “For the third consecutive year, the Aptima judges—scientists and engineers themselves—were very impressed by the overall variety of projects, intelligence of the students, and the level of work demonstrated.”

The following student projects were selected for the 2016 Human-Centered Engineering Award:

  • 1st Place – Elijah Cushamn and Camron Harris for their work on “Alternate Forms of Wheelchair Propulsion”
  • 2nd Place – Rowan Goble for “Effects of Auditory Stimuli on Adolescents’ Ability to Work”
  • 3rd Place – Victoria Cockrell and Griffon Arnold for “Can You Knot? Repetition’s Effects on Memory”

DRSS is a public school for students in grades 6-12 who live in the Dayton Region. DRSS’s core mission is to educate “the next generation of scientists, engineers, strategists, planners, innovators, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs for the Dayton Region.”

The Overall Science Fair Award Winners were Shari Gordnier (1st Place), Rachael Stowe and Zayneb Moumkine (2nd Place), and Vidur Prasad (3rd Place). Mr. Prasad was a student intern at Aptima, Inc. during Summer 2015, where he had the opportunity to collaborate on a system to determine the amount of workload placed on drone pilots by looking at the complexity in video footage that pilots use in during their missions.

Thirty DRSS 30 students will be going on to compete in regional competitions after the DRSS Science Fair.