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Brandon Higgins Receives $2,500 Scholarship for 1st Place PLTW Project

Brandon Higgins
Project Lead The Way senior capstone projects test practical solutions for improving the process for laying concrete, traffic congestion, and safer pill bottles.

May 8, 2019—The KC STEM Alliance has announced the top finishers in the Project Lead The Way-KC Engineering Design Competition and the Biomedical Research Competitions, which recognize excellence in engineering or biomedical science among students enrolled in senior capstone courses. 

Competition participants submit projects online using the Innovation Portal, a free, open, and secure tool for design and problem-solving works. Practicing industry professionals then judge student works, evaluating how the projects illustrate students’ design-thinking and problem-solving capabilities.  

This year’s Engineering Design Competition included a field of 85 projects from 171 PLTW Engineering students and 19 PLTW Biomedical Science students, and this year’s Biomedical Research Competition featured 62 innovative projects from 87 students. 

PLTW President and CEO Vince Bertram, Ed.D., announced the winners of these competitions in a video message yesterday.

Engineering Design Competition

The Kansas City Engineering Design Competition drew 85 projects from 171 students. Winning first place and a $2,500 scholarship was Brandon Higgins of De Soto High School for his Rebar Chairs project, which improves the efficiency of integrating rebar into concrete pavement.

Please congratulate Brandon when you see him!