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Costa Mesa High School Engineering Students Place First in Design-Build competition
Posted 3/15/21

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The 11th-grade CMHS team, known as the Mesa Angels. Sophia Catania Orozco, Lucero Islas Aguirre, and Lizbeth Gama(left-right)


Costa Mesa High School (CMHS) students placed first in the Los Angeles Chargers Design and Build Competition, which focused on promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  The competition required a video submission of a football-themed prototype with a moving element.   

Students across Orange and Los Angeles County high schools participated in the 2020 challenge that focused on design and engineering. Each device was judged on the speed and accuracy to successfully launch the small football into specific targets. Students also were required to work in teams and together to  code, build, and program the football launcher.

The 11th-grade CMHS team, known as the Mesa Angels, included Engineering Pathway and STEM club members Lizbeth Gama, Sophia Catania Orozco, and Lucero Islas Aguirre. 

The winning CMHS team designed, utilized 3D printing and laser cutting to fabricate their football launcher prototype. They programmed VEX robots to represent football players, and code football plays. 

The competition judges were pleased that the Costa Mesa team incorporated innovation, production value, creativity and feedback into their design process and understood the multiple strategies of their model, which made it successful.

“I am proud of Mesa’s Angels,” said engineering teacher Ms. Racine Cross. “Their hard work and dedication to successfully submitting a high-quality project during these challenging times, while working within COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, is admirable and worth recognition.”

Please watch the Mesa’s Angels six-minute project video