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Source American Design Challenge

Brentwood Students Achieve Finalist Standing

in National Competition

Brentwood High School Selected Among 5 High Schools Nationwide as

Finalists in the SourceAmerica Design Challenge

BRENTWOOD, NEW YORK (MARCH 2021)—The Brentwood Union Free School District (BUFSD) announced today that Brentwood High School (BHS) has been selected as one of only five high schools in the nation to achieve finalist standing in the 2021 SourceAmerica Design Challenge. The national engineering competition showcases students’ exposition in STEM to develop assistive technologies for individuals with disabilities in their work environment.

“It brings the district great pride to celebrate the hard work and success of The Quick Stamper team. The dedication these individuals have demonstrated is beyond imagination,” said Mr. Richard Loeschner, Superintendent of BUFSD. “Our students’ recognition as national finalists in the SourceAmerica Design Challenge is a testament to their capabilities and the determination of the district’s Science Research and Technology Department. We look forward to supporting The Quick Stamper team throughout the remainder of the competition.”

BHS’s student team, The Quick Stamper, brings together the knowledge and expertise of four high school students: Javier Garcia, senior; Katie Torres, senior; Nicole Olekanma, junior; and Cecia Martinez, fully remote junior. Under the guidance of BHS technology teacher Mr. Jake Mulderig, the team created a label-placing device called The Quick Stamper which incorporates an easy-to-follow, four-step process that increases the accuracy of placing labels onto the center of boxes using a stamping method. After several months of fine-tuning and documenting their project’s iterations, the team’s volunteer device tester, a student with disabilities, experienced an increase in accuracy and decrease in frustration when placing labels using this device.

As finalists, The Quick Stamper will prepare an online presentation of their project and will be expected to answer specific questions pertaining to their work. Judges will be responsible for evaluating the content of technical papers and videos. Projects will not be assessed on their level of sophistication but rather their potential impact in a professional working environment.

The 2021 Design Challenge Finals Event, a 90-minute virtual awards show, will be hosted by actor and disability activist RJ Mitte on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. The event will feature project presentations from the finalist teams, judges’ remarks, awards, and a special announcement about the future of Design Challenge.