Nine students from The Summit Country Day School participated in the largest high school technology conference in the country, TechOlympics, last month.
Three students presented a project that won second place and earned them an invite to the UC Tech Expo. Juniors Caroline Karbowski, Davis DeFoor and Nick Sutkamp presented their project, called See3D – a three-dimensional printing outreach program that uses 3-D models to help blind people understand the world around them. The concept originated with Caroline, while Nick and Davis were recruited through The Summit’s Innovation Club to aid in the technological side of the project’s implementation.
The project received a top score in creativity, tied for first in presentation and came in second overall, with one judge commenting that if the project was crowd-sourced, they would support it, said Niko Kitsinis, Summit network analyst and Innovation Club adviser.
In addition to the See3D project, Caroline also won first place in the “Start Up” competition, was recognized by her interviewer from mock interviews for her passion and skills and received second place for her TED Talk.
Senior Libin “Andrew” Zhou also received recognition for his project. He presented a showcase on 3-D-printed UAVs, or drones, that was well received by judges. His drone, which he designed and printed, showed that the cost of a drone could be reduced from $1,000 to about $130.
In addition to Caroline, Davis, Nick and Andrew, senior Keith Meyer, junior Griffin Altmix and sophomores Neng “Ben” Chai and Hanchen “Jeffery” Huang competed for The Summit. Senior Lillian Chow served as the chief operating officer for The INTERalliance of Greater Cincinnati, an organization that works with local companies and schools to introduce technology skills to high school students and organizes the TechOlympics. While she couldn’t compete with The Summit due to her position at INTERalliance, Lillian’s efforts were integral in coordinating the event.
“While it might be fun to make a video game or an app, these students chose to put others first and dedicated their effort toward making the world a better place for those around them,” Mr. Kitsinis said. “This shows the true character these students possess.”
More than 500 students from more than 40 schools participated in the weekend-long conference in downtown Cincinnati. Students attended mock interviews, breakout sessions, resume-building workshops, discussions with college-aged alumni and competed in technology-related events. Students were also able to hear keynote speeches from key business leaders from around the city, including the president of Northern Kentucky University, vice president of application transformation for GE Digital, a rocket scientist and project manager for NASA, senior vice president and chief information officer for Fifth-Third Bank and Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, who declared the weekend TechOlympics Weekend in the city.