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Lusher Students Win Chevron Design Challenge

Date: June 5th, 2018
June 5, 2018
Lusher Students Win Chevron Design Challenge
All-female engineering team wins first place

Congratulations to Lusher Charter School students Brynn Beatty, Chloe Cazayoux and Autumn Routt! Led by their Project Lead the Way Engineering Teacher Matthew Owen, the students won the 2018 Gulf Coast Chevron Design Challenge held at the University of New Orleans campus on May 19. Schools from Louisiana and Mississippi competed in a design challenge focused on developing a plan and method to combat coastal erosion by autonomously planting a cordgrass plant safely in marshland.  The system would have to remove a plant intact from a bucket, dig a hole, drop in a fertilizer pellet, insert a plant in the hole and then cover it.  The all-female team designed and developed the first-place winning “Vegetation Station” using the Autodesk Inventor 3D design program. The students won a Lenovo tablet and bluetooth keyboard for their design.  This is the second year in a row that Lusher has won the Chevron Design Challenge.

“Chevron is committed to supporting the communities where we live and operate,” said Leah Brown, Public Affairs Manager for Chevron’s Gulf of Mexico Business Unit. “That means investing in programs and partnerships, like the Design Challenge, that foster interest in STEM fields.  These initiatives are a vital part of Chevron’s efforts to give children the foundational skills they need to be successful and help create a pipeline of future scientists and engineers – which in turn supports the community as a whole.

Marizu Nwokoma, Chevron Deepwater Operations Manager; Lusher rising Senior Autumn Routt; Lusher rising Sophomore Brynn Beatty; Lusher rising Senior Chloe Cazayoux; Frank Descant, Chevron Reservoir Engineer; and Ivan Carrillo, Chevron Subsea Intervention Engineer.
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