Westlake High Posts ‘Best of Show’ Winners at OTEEA State Conference School Exhibits Competition

WHS Best of Show – Multi-Unit Townhouse model

The Westlake High School Technology & Engineering (T & E) Department was selected for the state’s best project during the Ohio Technology & Engineering Educators Association (OTEEA) state conference school exhibits competition, held in the massive Buckeye Building of the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus last weekend. The event was held in conjunction with the growing MakerX festival.

Students of the Westlake High School T & E Department garnered two state champion titles for their “Best of Show” awards in 2 different technology categories, and added the rare Zupancic award as well as a “Best of Show” runner-up award. Winning a state champion title for their “Best of Show” awards were the following:

The senior team of ETHAN SIMON, CONNOR REIS, ROBERT FULOP, & AUSTIN LOOSLI for their “Multi- Unit Townhouse” and energy efficient model home design in the Construction/Architecture Technology category. They also captured the coveted Zupancic Award, selected as the single best outstanding project in the entire state of Ohio among all “Best of Show” winners.

ETHAN SIMON also won a second BEST OF SHOW for his custom 3D printing collection in the Manufacturing/Rapid Prototyping Technology category.

Winning a runner-up Best of Show award for his Solar Submersible project in the Engineering Technology category was senior CONNOR REIS.

Students from around the state entered over 340 projects in 9 different Technology categories.

The school exhibits competition was part of the second annual MakerX festival, which featured over 80 exhibitors from the region sharing their passion for creating with technology. The event included robotics of all types, competitive drone flying, video game and virtual reality projects, digital graphics, 3D printing, digitally designed crafts, high-tech transportation, sci-fi themed cosplay, inventions and entrepreneurship.

“MakerX provides a fun, high-energy environment to bring together people of all ages, interests, and skill levels to spend a day interacting around creating with technology” notes Bill Ball, one of the event planners and a Scholar in Residence at Capital University. “It’s a chance to see close up the awesome things people in our region are doing with new technologies–from schools and universities to inventors, hobbyists, start-ups, and established corporations. It’s all about one-on-one interaction in a festival atmosphere that is organized entirely by volunteers.”

Evelyn Van Til, also a planner of the event and Columbus Community Director for Tech Talent South, adds “MakerX is a unique tech event that inspires innovation across verticals and industries–so you see people creating solutions in VR and healthcare, gaming and the arts, robotics and coding, digital design and transit. It’s a truly remarkable event connecting STEM education, startups, leaders in tech and the larger community.”

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