WHS Senior a National Finalist in Stem Challenge

Westlake High School senior Jill Eddy

Westlake High School senior Jill Eddy was one of five national finalists in Marvel Studios’ THOR: RAGNAROK SUPERPOWER OF STEM CHALLENGE.

The Challenge, supported by Walt Disney Studios, Dolby Laboratories, Synchrony Bank and Marvel Studios and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, encouraged girls ages 15-18 in grades 10-12 to use their superpower of STEM to create an original Do-It-Yourself project that can be replicated by others.

Jill was one of five finalists selected to visit Los Angeles and present their projects, in person, to a panel of experts. They also had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be on the red carpet at the premiere of Marvel Studios’ “THOR: RAGNAROK,” a behind-the-scenes peek on new technology with Dolby Laboratories, a tour of the Walt Disney Studios in California, as well as attending an Ideation session with the Synchrony Bank Technology Team.

Jill sought to encourage a greater use of bicycles for everyday transportation by creating a simple, build-it-yourself bicycle anchor that allows the rider to lock a bicycle in locations that do not have appropriate areas to secure bicycles.

Jill learned about the contest through WHS Technology and Engineering teacher Scott Kutz, who runs the Techmates Club. She credits Kutz, WHS Technology and Engineering teacher Adam Purdy and Lee Burneson Middle School Technology and Engineering teacher Kurt Thonnings with supporting her interests in technology. She used her design, engineering and technology skills to create a 3D rendering of the bike lock and then create a production set.

One grand-prize winner from Oregon was selected following a live presentation to judges. The grand prize winner will attend an immersive three-day mentorship in New York City to build her STEM story, create a professional level video teaching other young people how to recreate her winning project, and appear on Good Morning America.

Last year Jill was part of a WHS team that won Best in State and Best in Region in the Verizon App Challenge for their Alert-U app. She is involved in the technology programs at WHS and Hyland Software. She designed last year’s WHS yearbook cover and has won several art awards. Jill also participated in Symphonic Band and Marching Band. She spends time as part of St. Angela’s Youth Group and teaches learn-to-skate lessons. She also produces training videos for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. Jill intends to major in design and engineering in college.

The Superpower of STEM Challenge is presented by Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios, Synchrony Bank, Dolby Laboratories, Broadcom MASTERS and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For more information and a list of past winners visit www.marvelstudiosstemchallenge.com/home.

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