By: Debbie Brenner, Science Teacher
On Saturday, November 18th, seven SCCS students participated in the Los Angeles County division of the 20th annual JPL Invention Challenge, held at Augusta Hawkins High School. This is the second year that SCCS has participated in the competition. This year’s challenge was the “Wiffle Ball Loft Contest.” Students from 80 different schools across LA County were challenged to create a device that could launch ten wiffle balls into a plastic tub located six meters away within a one minute time allotment. The SCCS team created two different designs for the device, one spring-loaded, and one powered by a leaf blower, which is the design they ultimately used. Although the device performed well during trials, it did not get any balls into the tub during the actual competition. The SCCS team was disappointed but undaunted, already planning for next year's competition.
“The JPL Invention Challenge taught me a great deal about dedication, perseverance, and teamwork,” said junior Haley Gunther. “It was an amazing experience that I can't wait to be part of again in the upcoming years.”
The SCCS students who participated in the JPL Invention Challenge are all members of CSF. Founded in 1921, the California Scholarship Federation is the oldest scholarship institution in the state of California. SCCS CSF students look for opportunities like the JPL Invention Challenge in order to hone their academic skills and practices and to use them to serve the school and the greater community. Their next project was "Food For Thought," in which they served morning refreshments to secondary students during semester exams. CSF members made posters that were scripture-based and had humorous encouragement, placed around campus.