CCAC judges winners in Robotics category at Covestro Science & Engineering Fair
PITTSBURGH—The Community College of Allegheny County served as a sponsor and judge in the Robotics category for the Covestro Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (Covestro PRSEF) held at Heinz Field in the spring. The fair’s mission is to connect young scientists and engineers with professionals in the field. This year, more than 1,000 students in grades 6–12 registered for the competition. Judging the robotics entries in the senior division were Dr. Lori Paluti, an unmanned aircraft systems instructor, and Carlos Taylor, an engineering technician, both of CCAC South Campus.
The winners in the category were Ashnaa Bhide and Meghna Behari, both ninth-grade students at North Allegheny High School. Bhide’s project was titled “Automatic Status Reporting and Control of Systems Using IoT (Internet of Things) Sensor Data.” Behari’s project was titled “ResQbot: An Autonomous Echolocation-Based Search and Rescue Water Robot for Natural Disasters.” Both winners received a cash award and a certificate from CCAC.
“All the students were impressive, but these two really stood out in terms of innovation, design and presentation,” said Paluti. “It’s an honor for CCAC to be a part of an event that is doing such a great job of promoting STEM education to local high school students.”
Covestro PRSEF is a major initiative of Carnegie Science Center’s Chevron Center for STEM Education and Career Development—a wide range of experiences that excite and inspire students in grades PreK–12 to explore regional, cutting-edge STEM topics and careers.
Photo 1: Ashnaa Bhide with her winning project.
Photo 2: Meghna Behari with her winning project.