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Costa Mesa High School Engineering Students Place First STEM Competition
Posted 12/14/21

Costa Mesa High School STEM competition winnersl

Costa Mesa High School (CMHS) students placed first at the 2021 STEM on the Sidelines competition hosted by the Los Angeles Chargers, Ducommun and UCI’s School of Engineering. 

Students across Orange and Los Angeles County high schools participated in the 2021 challenge that focused on design and engineering. Participants were tasked with building a football themed device capable of launching a mini football through field goal posts positioned at three distances. The competition provided specific constraints about the size of the device, the orientation of the football, and how much human interference was allowed. Students also were required to work in teams to code, build, and program the football launcher.

This was Mesa’s Angel’s third time competing in this competition. In 2019 they scored second place and won the Ducommun team award for Perseverance. Last year, the team won first place at the virtual competition.

“We protected our title and we won again, ” said engineering teacher Ms. Racine Cross. 

The team hit all three field goal attempts on the first try and achieved the maximum score possible.

“I am proud of our Mesa’s Angels; they worked collaboratively and submitted a nearly flawless project,” said Cross. “Their efforts are admirable and worth recognition.”

The team will be honored at the Chargers-Chiefs game at SoFi Stadium on December 16, 2021.

The team, known as the Mesa Angels, included 12th-grade Engineering Pathway and STEM club members Sophia Catania, Lucero Islas, and Lizbeth Gama as well as two freshmen girls, Aubrey Spallone and Kayla Stanley.