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Brahmas Win State Design Competition

At the end of last school year, current juniors Natalie Nyaung and Katherine Wang made it to Nationals in Additive Manufacturing Skills USA Competition. They were ranked 6th in the nation against 21 teams. They were the first Brahmas in our school’s history to win the state championship and go on to Nationals. 


NATALIE’S STATEMENT: “Our mission in the Additive Manufacturing national competition was to design a well-documented, well-designed product inspiration "pebble" that leverages color, material, and finish in a meaningful and functional way within 3 hours. This mission requires a lot of teamwork, just like in real life, where you have to work with other people and implement their and your ideas into a masterpiece. During the designing process, my part was to design and cad the product out in Solidworks and colorized it in Keyshot. I also have to make sure my product executes the requirements and be presentable to the judges. Katherine's job was to make the engineering notebook and do much research about the purpose of the product and the material usage. We wanted to design a product that could help humanity but also improve the environment. It's like killing two birds with one stone. We decided to create a tracking device that is made especially for first responders and contains eco-friendly materials. In the past years, many fires were occurring, especially in California, and these first responders are sacrificing their lives to save us. We want to help them in return by limiting the chance of them getting injured or killed. This is an excellent learning real-life experience teaching me how to solve real-world problems given limited resources and time. This enhanced my skills in the engineering and business areas where you have to build effective and think about how my product can help people's needs.”


In addition to ranking 6th in the nation, they were also both industrial certified for Additive Manufacturing – Fundamentals (CAM-F). The Fundamentals certification is ideal for individuals working in or seeking to work in additive manufacturing roles in automotive, aerospace, and medical equipment. #brahmabuilt