WHITING | Looking toward the future, students at St. John the Baptist School got a taste of teamwork and how to complete a work assignment when the school partnered with Dow Chemical Company from Kankakee, Ill., for a design competition.
Dow Run Plant Engineers Fabian Casteblanco and Roxanne De Leon worked with eighth-grade teachers Patricia Casteblanco and Rachel Sokolowski to discuss engineering career opportunities for their students.
After a presentation by Fabian Casteblanco and De Leon about careers in the engineering field, the students got an incredible opportunity when challenged to design a high speed, high thrill and high-quality roller coaster for an eccentric multimillionaire who loves superheroes and fast food.
The student project encouraged teamwork, taught fundamental engineering concepts and provided students a chance to show their creativity while applying basic science and mathematics principles. A student presentation of their work to the class concluded the project.
First-place went to the DC Nation Team, Julianna Scivinsky, Joel Rodriguez, Kelsey Kovacik, Robert Lindsey and Anthony Morales, while second place was earned by the Super Cool Fun Time Team, George Skavdis, Nicholas Arambula, Tyler Urbancyzk, Madelyn Pope and Moira Deel. Ranking third was the KIMKT Team of Miya Kennedy, Katie Spanier, Thomas Rodriguez, Isabel Robles and Kathryn Zavala.
"In order to design and create a roller coaster of our dreams, we had to work together as a team," said Julianna Scivinsky, DC Nation Team leader. "Our group painted, drew, built and glued while having the right amount of fun as well. Before long the Joker Coaster was created."