March 17, 2017
A team from Greensburg Salem High School won first place in the engineering held March 13 at the Fred M. Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College.
Co-sponsored by Carbone’s Restaurant of Crabtree, Primo, Michael Baker International, Engineers’ Society of Western Pennsylvania, Gibson-Thomas Engineering, Pantalone Funeral Home, Kennametal and the Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing at Saint Vincent College, 41 teams representing nine Westmoreland County high schools participated in this year’s contest including Franklin Regional, Greensburg Central Catholic, Greensburg Salem, Hempfield Area, Jeannette, Latrobe, Norwin, Penn Trafford and Yough.
Participants and the public watched as the Greensburg Salem team’s miniature bridge made out of uncooked pasta was loaded with increasing weights until it eventually collapsed with 84.8 pounds. Members of the team included Danielle Brunetta, Jacoby Jobkar and Nathan Osikowicz.
The Saint Vincent College Engineering Club, Mathematics Club and Physics Club assisted Vincent Mangini with the event. Ande Greco, president of the Engineering Club, coordinated arrangements with the high schools.
Judges for the competition were Matt Burns of Gibson-Thomas Engineering, Binky Sargent of Kennametal and Dr. Paul Follansbee and Dr. John Smetanka of Saint Vincent College.
The competition is designed to increase high school students’ awareness about the role engineering plays in their lives and the career opportunities in the field and to provide an opportunity for students to collaborate on the design and construction.
Photo: The winning Greensburg Salem High School team of Danielle Brunetta, Jacoby Jobkar and Nathan Osikowicz.
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