The competition required student teams to use technology to solve a current problem at their school or in the community.
“We watched the other teams present their ideas and they were all really good. Ours was a little unique,“ said Danielle Folkerts, a senior club member. “Many schools presented new apps and websites but we presented hardware that was very different than the other schools,“ added teammate Claire Chappee.
The Marquette team presented a safety and security system that allows the school administration to know the current location of their students through a reader in the doorways of each room. The reader scans an ID of each student as they enter the room and accounts for each one.
If there is a crisis or lock down in the school, the engineering team designed a system of lights that tells students if it is safe to flee the area or if they should remain where they are.
Eleven St. Louis area high schools participated in the event. Marquette was the only Illinois school represented. and is mde up of 10 senior students. Michele Sands teaches introduction to engineering and is is the coordinator of the team.