Design Challenge Winners

Karli Shockley and Faith Smith of Pinckneyville Community High School won the Design Challenge contest Wednesday during the ACES Regional held at Rend Lake College.

INA, IL (Feb. 11, 2021) -- Karli Shockley and Faith Smith were awarded the ACES Regional Design Champion trophy on Wednesday after their project traveled the furthest in the academic competition. 

Both students are juniors at Pinckneyville Community High School.

"It's great," Smith said, while Shockley added that her partner deserved all the credit. "She did most of the work," Shockley said.

The Academic Challenge event is a high school competition that had been created and conducted each year by the Univerity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Engineering WYSE Outreach Program. Although the operation of the competition has been discontinued by UIUC, Eastern Illinois University continues to run the competition with the assistance of many other institutions throughout Illinois and Missouri.

Rend Lake College hosted its regional this week with seven schools participating in person. This year's testing included on-site and online options for area high schools.

The tests were sent to the host site with the results and winners to be announced at a later date.

Design Challenge

Teams get their vehicles on the mark before the competition. The task was to have either the fastest design to the finish line or have traveled the furthest distance during the race.

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