Three Lakota Junior High Teams Place in Top 10 at National Technology Competition

Three Lakota Junior High Teams Place in Top 10 at National Technology Competition
Posted on 07/18/2017
Liberty Team

In June, ButlerTech sponsored 47 Lakota high school and junior high students to attend a five-day national technology competition in Orlando, Florida.  All 47 students advanced to this event as a result of winning the Technology Student Association (TSA) state event in April.

Hopewell Team“All of our students represented Ohio extremely well and I am very proud of them. Congratulations especially to three Lakota junior high teams that placed at the event,” said State TSA Advisor Lee Corder. Liberty Junior’s “Catapult” team earned the top national title, with the “Inventions and Innovations” team from Hopewell Junior placing third. Liberty Junior’s “Systems Control” team placed in the top 10.


Liberty Junior’s national championship team consisted of Elijah Fidder, Dillon Lacey and Andrew Lewis. The school’s “Systems Control” team included Courtney Lyden, Sarah Schnetzer and Megan Sheth led by their teacher, Brian Ruby; Hopewell Junior’s “Inventions and Innovations” team was comLiberty Team 2prised of Mary Barone, Carly Graham, Rachel McGarvey and Sarah Renfro, led by their teacher, Todd Hummer.

Students from Ridge Junior, Lakota East Freshman, Lakota East High School and Lakota West High School also attended the national event along with six ButlerTech teachers who teach various STEAM2 courses in Lakota schools.

“The STEAM2 programs and opportunities that the ButlerTech/Lakota partnership provides for students prepares them to compete with anyone in the country. Our experiences through TSA reinforces that we are preparing our kids with 21st century skills” Hummer said.

The TSA is a national organization of more than 233,000 middle and high school students engaged in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Approximately 2,000 schools in 49 states and several countries, including Germany, Turkey and Japan, participate in the organization. Members learn through competitive events, leadership opportunities, and state and national conferences.


Each contest focuses on different aspects of STEM, with each area incorporating teamwork, strategy and implementation into the overall ratings. For example, the catapult design competition required the teams to design and create a working catapult that is both adjustable and able to propel golf balls at a target. The systems control teams developed a computer-controlled model solution to a provided situation, while the inventions and innovations team determined the need for a new product and pitched their solution to a panel of judges.