Mendota students win national engineering competition

The Fresno BeeJune 29, 2014 

Four eighth grade students from Mendota Junior High School won a national engineering competition in Portland, Ore., for designing, creating and testing a prosthetic arm.

The students are part the the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program at Fresno State's Lyles College of Engineering. During the competition in Portland, they four teens competed against hundreds of students from California and nine other states.

The winning students are Mario Ruiz, 15, and Mario Castillo, Daniela De La O and Jeremiah Robinson, all 14.

The competition required teams to develop a prosthetic device within a small budget to complete pre-defined tasks. Students were judged in design efficiency, dexterity, object relocation, distance accuracy, technical display, technical paper and oral presentation.

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