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Education achievements: Local second-grader places in NDOT drawing contest

Carson City’s Ruby Warren, center, is the third-place winner in NDOT’s stormwater drawing contest.
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Three students, including one from Nevada, placed in the Nevada Department of Transportation’s Stormwater Love NV Waters drawing contest open to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The winners include: first place: Carson Redford, kindergarten, Challenger-Silverado School, Henderson; second place: Chelsi Thornton, fifth grade, Flag View Intermediate, Elko; third place: Ruby Warren, second grade, Carson Montessori School, Carson City.

The winning students were presented with plaques and had their photos taken with Transportation Board members.

Submissions were received from across the state and judged based on creativity and artistry in depicting the student’s favorite activity at a Nevada lake or river and/or showing an activity people can do to help prevent stormwater runoff pollution.

The contest was launched in an effort to help raise awareness with the younger generation about the importance of stormwater pollution prevention.

NDOT has published a 2017 Stormwater Program calendar with the top three winner’s drawings on the cover. All student submissions are featured inside the calendar.

The winners’ artwork also will be featured in the NDOT Stormwater Program brochure. Calendars, brochures and other stormwater educational items are available at NDOT public meetings and public outreach events.

For information, go to http://www.nevadadot.com.

EVMS students shine at robotics event

The Micromanipulator Company hosted the award-winning 2016-17 Eagle Valley Middle School Jedi Engineers, along with school district officials, local businesses, families, and friends.

During the event on March 16, the Jedi Engineers were presented with a proclamation from the Western Manufacturing Alliance naming them the first “WMA Junior Technology Advancement Partners” in recognition of their robotics achievements.

Emmanuel Alvarez, Ryan Cooley, Bryar Fancher, Cash Farnworth, Nevin McIlwee, and Kai Miller are the 2016-17 Jedi Engineers of Eagle Valley Middle School. The school’s STEM Lab Facilitator Lisa Stocke-Koop is their coach, and Eric Fancher and Jason Koop are the team’s assistant coaches/mentors. The Jedi Engineers won a First Place Champion’s Award at the Northern Nevada FIRST LEGO League Championship earlier this year, and will represent Nevada at both the FIRST LEGO League World Festival next month in Houston, Texas, and the International Championship being held this summer in Bath, UK.

The Jedi Engineers demonstrated their robot and presented its innovative and cost-effective solution for animal shelters. Pointing out that while dogs come in a variety of sizes, animal shelters often don’t have ideal cages that fit various canine needs. The Jedi Engineers designed configurable cages with easy-to-move clear Plexiglas walls that can comfortably accommodate varying numbers and sizes of dogs while providing visibility of each other. According to the team, research has shown that both factors were important to reduce the anxiety the dogs may feel while they’re waiting to be adopted.

The team seeks donations to help offset competition costs. To help, contribute to the GoFundMe account at https://www.gofundme.com/lego-team-to-world-championship.

Carson man earns degree from Washington State University

Drew Alexander Moreland, a Carson City native, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Washington State University.