Five Moon Area High School (MAHS) students competed this February in the annual PA Governor’s STEM Competition.
Rushmin Khazanchi, Tyler Farr, Olivia Fernau, Nick Ulven, and Kate Naugle finished third in a close competition behind Central Catholic High School and first-place winner, South Fayette.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education and Governor Tom Wolf present the competition, which is open to one team per high school throughout the state. The 2017 theme is “Making Our Lives Better Through STEM.” Each team receives $500 to assist in creating a prototype for their presentation.
The team’s project, “The Workplace,” is a device that helps to keep Pennsylvania road crew workers safe. On Thursday, February 2, the team presented their device to a panel of judges at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU). The device detects speed and alerts drivers entering a construction zone that they are endangering roadside workers.
The system categorizes dangerous speeds into four different warning tiers to gain the attention of drivers who may be unfocused. The top speed tier triggers a red light and a siren to warn both drivers and workers of dangerous vehicle speeds.