Gardner Edgerton Engineering Team takes third at Nationals


SourceAmerica recently announced Gardner Edgerton High School’s Engineering Team took third place at the annual high school Design Challenge national engineering competition in Washington DC, April 11-13.  GEHS students created and showcased the assistive workplace technology project designed for adults with disabilities who are employed in their local communities. 

Gardner Edgerton students partnered with Johnson County Developmental Supports in Lenexa, Kan., to solve a workplace productivity barrier for its employees with disabilities. Their project, called CAPS, is a device that helps employees with disabilities more efficiently count drywall anchors and screws. CAPS increased the productivity and efficiency by 40 percent per day of individuals participating in the project.

The students returned with an $8,000 award for the school, and a $1,000 award for Johnson County Developmental Supports.

Members of the Engineering Team include Ethan Eccles, Samantha Marcotte, Logan Wakley, Chris Strick, Brent Doerflinger, Joseph Corbin and Amaranta Montserrat Anza Gonzalez, with contributions made by Moises Suarez. Katie Stevenson and Larry Ward are the Engineering Team coaches.