Jack G. Places Third at San Mateo County STEM Fair
St. Raymond School 8th grader, Jack G. has been a familiar face around the school Makerspace program. Spending hours in the Innovation Lab after school, Jack worked for nearly a year and a half on his entry into the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) STEM Fair. Jack’s hard work paid off as his “Fire Suppressor” took third place in the Engineering category at the fair.
Jack developed the “Fire Suppressor” with the idea that it could help firefighters search burning buildings, saving lives and preventing injury. The robot design could also be used to attack and help control wild fires. Jack came up with the idea and turned it into reality in the Makerspace program. He had this to say about the project, “I’ve learned many things, with the immense help of my teacher and parents. I’ve learned 3-D printing, CAD, soldering, spray painting, how to design appropriate wiring schematics, how to solve basic problems on my own, and what a voltage divider is.”
This year marked the 31st annual San Mateo County Office of Education STEM fair. The goal of the Fair is to create interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education and careers. The Fair recognizes the achievements of talented science students in grades 5-12. Participants set up their projects on Saturday at the San Mateo County Event Center, and then on Sunday, March 4th the daylong event included judging, interviews, finalist selection and open house.