SOCES Engineering Teams Win at SkillsUSA California Regional Event

SOCES Engineering Teams competed in the SkillsUSA California Regional competition which was held in downtown Los Angeles at LA Trade Tech on Jan 27 and Feb 3.  The competition is for public middle, high school and college/postsecondary students enrolled in career and technical education programs. SkillsUSA has a nationwide membership of over 300,000 students and showcases 100 hands-on skill and leadership contests, representing 130 different occupational areas.

The SOCES Engineering Teams had contestants from both middle and high school in a variety of Engineering related events. All of the students are enrolled in Project Lead The Way Engineering courses at SOCES which are part of the Career Technical Education program. The pre-engineering curriculum offers one engineering class each year starting in elementary and continuing through middle and high school. Each class focuses on a different area of Engineering. All of the competitors are enrolled in the SOCES PLTW CTE Engineering courses and are also members of the after school Engineering/Robotics club which meets after school Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, where the students work hard to prepare for a wide variety of Engineering related competitions.

The students earned a total of 15 medals, which included four (4) first place, three (3) second place, and two (2) third place medals in competition. All of the following teams and individuals will represent SOCES and LAUSD in the SkillsUSA California State competition which will be held in Ontario, CA the week of April 22.

The results are as follows:


1st (Gold)

Principles of Engineering/Technology – Smit R
Humanoid Robotics – Cesar O, Vedant P

2nd (Silver)

Principles of Engineering/Technology – Shannon L
Quiz Bowl – Cole L, Cris B, Ben G, Vedant P, Cesar R

3rd (Bronze)

Job Interview – Shannon L


Others advancing to the State Competition:

Humanoid Robotics – Nicolas F, Chirath K – 4th place
Humanoid Robotics – Ganaka W, Ray S – 5th place
Additive Manufacturing – Cristopher B and Eddie S – 5th place


1st (Gold)

Team Engineering Challenge – Zoe R, Vaidehi Z, Sofia A
Job Interview – Vaidehi Z

2nd (Silver)

Job Interview – Zoe R


Job Interview – Darshana Z



Other advancing to the State Competition:

Job Interview – Darshansinh Z – 4th place
20 Second Elevator Story – Sofia A – 6th place