Early College East students win national engineering competition

Published: Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 09:07 PM.

"I felt like I should be there but I couldn’t. It was just so terrible," she said.

Mombille saw a picture on her phone that indicated the team had won the competition.

"I was just ecstatic," she said. "My jaw literally dropped."

Mombille helped named the craft, which is after the Delian League, an alliance of Greek states that fought against the Persians nearly 2,500 years ago.

"Every student had a hand in this from the design to the frame," said John Ebright, school advisor and engineering teacher. "This is outside the class, but having a complex project like this requires a lot of time and hopefully in the future we can get projects like this that are in the class where they are working not just for a week on a project but multiple weeks or a couple months and then they’re able to test this in a real-world situation."

All of the students involved in the project had to fill out applications and go through an interview process to be accepted, Ebright said.

"If they don’t become engineers, they can still take something away from this," he said.

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