Buena Vista and Golden Elementary students earn top honors for creative inventions in OCDE’s ocMaker Challenge

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Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) students from Buena Vista Virtual Academy and Golden Elementary School have been distinguished for their submissions to the eighth annual ocMaker Challenge.

Each year, dozens of students from across Orange County create STEM-based designs that demonstrate creativity and ingenuity as a part of the ocMaker Challenge. Organized by the Orange County Department of Education’s Career Education unit, the annual event draws hundreds of elementary, middle, and high school students each year who are eager to show off their creative inventions and compete for a variety of awards determined by panels of industry professionals. Challenge teams begin as early as October, collaborating, designing and building prototypes with varying degrees of difficulty.

Below is a list of the award winners. First, from Golden Elementary School:

  • Level 1 / 3rd Place
    Project Name: Save the Walruses
    Students: Philemon Pak, Nathan Park, Aiden Patel, Cayden Shun and Jake Won
    Teacher: Jenner Rasic
  • App Augmented / Big Brothers & Big Sisters of OC
    Project Name: Natural Disaster Alert
    Students: Darla Espinoza, Ella McDonald, and Molly Morton
    Teacher: Jenner Rasic
  • Special Awards
    Project Name: Trash Obliterator
    Students: Jayden Beelders, Adam Rogers, and Om Vaswani
    Teacher: Jenner Rasic
  • Perseverance Award
    Student: Nidhi Kanthala
    Teacher: Jenner Rasic

From Buena Vista Virtual Academy:

  • Level 1 / 2nd Place
    Project Name: The Remind Ringer
    Students: Miles Key, Alexander Bui, Michael Charbeneau, and Luke Ramsingh
    Teacher: Ms. Wendy Caldwell-Fong

Students won a cash prize for their innovative, original ideas. Pictured below are students from Buena Vista Virtual Academy preparing for the challenge.

The goal of the ocMaker Challenge is to provide Orange County PK-12 and post-secondary student populations with an integrated approach to learning. The program’s vision is to harness every student’s talents and show the important interdependencies between Science, Math, Engineering, Technology, English, Art, Invention, and Entrepreneurship by “Igniting Innovation and Creativity in the Classroom!”

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