FEBRUARY 17, 2020
Westover High Competes at FIRST Robotics
FIRST Robotics at WOHS
The Westover High School Academy of Engineering Technologies started the FIRST Technical Challenge “Skystone” KickOff on September 9, 2019. The teams had to brainstorm, design and build a robot using the Engineering Design Process.  

The results for both teams were outstanding. Team 9062 Junior Clawbots placed 4th and participated in the semifinals, Team 9063, Claws of Steel, placed 16th out of 23 teams in the Semifinal Regionals on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Northern Guilford High School. Team 9063 was the 2nd runner up for the Collins Aerospace Innovate Award on the same day.  

On Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Southern Guilford High School, Team 9063, Claws of Steel, placed 6th place and were immediately moved up to be one of four semifinalists. Team 9062 placed 16th out of 31 teams. Each team had an excellent year and were surrounded by business professionals from Kuraray in Bladen County, NC – Alan Matula, and Specialty Product Technologies’ Mechanical Engineer, Stephen Oneufer, and other volunteers, David and Robin Ethington.  

Congratulations and thank you, Westover Robotics Students as well as mentors and Academy of Engineering Technology teachers Dan Barfield and Dora Barron. Westover High School FTC Robotics Team Members are 9063 - Caleb Crowe, Jaylen Deloatch, and Eli Gibbs and 9062 – Oliva Smith, Jasmine Alejandro, Lydell Canady, Shannon Friedrich, Alan Gibbs, Ryan Kennedy, SoHyun Yoon. (Submitted by Dora Barron)

Jack Britt High School Honors Former Teacher, David Crane
Mr. David Crane
The Integrated Systems Technology Academy of Engineering at Jack Britt High School was fortunate enough to help honor one of their own, Mr. David Crane. Mr. Crane is a former teacher and one of the fundamental driving forces behind the creation of the IST Academy.

The members of the academy already named the scholarship they put together for academy students after him, but on January 16th, 2020 a long time dream was finally achieved when they were able to dedicate his portrait and the scholarship winner plaques outside of the Principles of Technology lab he taught in for so many years.

Mr. Crane said at the reception “We’ve come a long way baby!” when presented with his portrait. Mr. Crane was saluted by his former co-workers as a man of integrity and wisdom and one of the “best teachers, mentors, and all around wonderful person." In an email to Mr. Genova, the academy drafting instructor, Mr. Crane said “In the almost 40 years I have been in the school system I have received several accolades but none that came close to the one given to me yesterday.” (Submitted by Kerry Humphrey)
Harbor Freight Tools for Schools
Visits Jack Britt High School
The Integrated Systems Technology (IST) III Class at Jack Britt High School was visited by Danny Corwin, the Executive Director of Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Wednesday, January 8, 2020. Mr. Corwin was traveling from California to Dillon, South Carolina where the largest Harbor Freight Distribution Center is located. He took a detour and checked out the program and facilities along with answering questions from students. The IST Classroom/Lab will be getting a new pneumatics trainer, a programmable logics control trainer (PLC), and a sensors trainer. The purchases using the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize will assist students with their first level certifications in those areas of study via FESTO/NC3. (Submitted by Henrietta Jutson)
H. Jutson and D. Corwin
(L) Henrietta Jutson and (R) Danny Corwin
Brandon and students
Howard Learning Academy Tours FTCC
Career and Technical Education teachers Mrs. Latimore and Ms. Brandon recently took their students to visit Fayetteville Technical Community College. The students were able to visit the Business Center for a Career Assessment, the Criminal Justice Building, the Cosmetology Building, and the Culinary Department. Higher education is a space in which people gain critical thinking skills, discover their personal potential, and become life-long learners. The students are taught that the quantity and quality of education will help determine a person’s ability to contribute as a citizen and earn enough money to make a decent living. (Submitted by Tyisha Brandon)
STEM Day at New Century
Elementary School

On Thursday, January 23, Jack Britt's Integrated Systems Technology (ISTA) Academy of Engineering participated in the New Century Elementary School 2nd Annual 5th Grade STEM Day. As the young students rotated through various stations, Jack Britt's future engineers demonstrated various properties of light using a variety of lasers, lenses and mirrors. Tying the demonstrations in with the recent seismic activity in the Caribbean, an earthquake generator was used to show the impact of seismic waves on tall buildings. Additional activities were focused on basic robotics, where the students had a chance to race robots around the room, and some of the characteristics of static electricity as seen in thunderstorms.
(Submitted by Charles Walters)
Chip Lucas, Executive Director
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