SOCES Engineering Middle School and High School Teams Take First Place in Aerospace Competition!


SOCES MS and HS Engineering Teams celebrate their victory at the 40th Annual Aerospace Robert H. Herndon Science and Engineering Competition.


Engineering students SOCES in both middle and high school placed first in the experimental portion of Aerospace Corp.’s 40th Annual Robert H. Herndon Science Competition.

The contest, held May 26th in El Segundo on the Aerospace campus, drew schools from across Los Angeles County, with students competing in the essay and experimental categories.

Middle School Engineering Students at their research booth. From left to right: Ms. Yamagata, Sofie Arancibia, Kayla Kossoff, Zoe Ramirez, Vaidehi Zala and Gracie Arancibia.

The middle school team’s research was titled, “The Hanging Alarm Clock” They identified a problem in which their peers have difficulties in waking up in the morning. The team engineered a solution by building a hanging alarm clock with an ultrasonic sensor that triggers a motor that raises the clock away from the sleeper when they try and reach for it. This forces the sleeper to get up out of bed to try to turn it off.

The SOCES Middle School Engineering Team Receiving their 1st Place Award. From left to right: Oliver Ambrosia (Aerospace mentor), Ms. Yamagata, Sofie Arancibia, Kayla Kossoff, Gracie Arancibia, Zoe Ramirez , Vaidehi Zala.

Ava Basilio presenting the High School Engineering Project.

The high school team’s project was “The Future of Automation – Object Detection Algorithms”. They developed a computer program that utilizes a camera to recognize object shapes that can then be picked up by a robotic arm. They also wrote computer code in which the camera will recognize the skin tone of a worker and pause the automation process thereby making it safer for humans to work collaboratively with robotic systems.

SOCES High School Engineering team receiving their 1st place award. From left to right: Oliver Ambrosia (Aerospace mentor) Dave Hicks (teacher), Ariful Rigan, Smit Rajasunguru, Ava Baselio, Shannon Lamb and Ray Sakanoue.

The students worked many hours after school on these projects with the help of other mentors from industry.

SOCES students who are interested and willing to make a commitment to working on projects such as these should see Ms. Yamagata (Room 104) or Mr. Hicks (Room 106).

SOCES Robotics and Engineering Team Are National Champions!

Sherman Oaks CES Robotics and Engineering Team Are National Champions

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The Sherman Oaks CES Engineering and Robotics team are the 2015 National Champions of the Doolittle Institute’s Mini-Urban Challenge which was held May 15th and 16th in Tampa, Florida. Sponsored by the Doolittle Institute, the Air Force Research Laboratory, John Deere and the Mini- Urban Challenge is a national event that challenges high school students to work on teams to design, build and program a robotic vehicle built from LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits that can accurately navigate autonomously through a model city. The competition is intended to expose students to the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). High schools from five regions across the U.S. including California, Florida, Ohio, Louisiana, and Washington D. C. competed and the first and second place winners from each region were invited to compete in the National Finals. Each team was judged on their technical presentation (30% of the cumulative score) and their autonomous course navigation (70% of their cumulative score).

SOCES had two teams in the national finals. Team 1 consisted of David Carrillo, Justin Chandra and Shannon Lamb. Team 2 consisted of Gabriel Valdes, Ray Sakanoue, Ramon Roco and Artful Rigan. They were supported by their teacher/coach David Hicks.

First place in both the presentation and the overall National Championship was awarded to Team 1. They received $2500 for their National Championship win and $500 for their overall best presentation.

Second place went to the team from Washington D.C. and third place went to the team from Miami, Florida.

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 SOCES Engineering Team 1 from left to right Justin Chandra, David Carrillo and Shannon Lamb.
From left to right Ray Sakanoue Justin Chandra, David Carrillo, Gabriel Valdes, Ramon Roco, Shannon Lamb and seated in front Ariful Rigan.