Top Prize at Offshore Technology Challenge Awarded to Patrick F. Taylor Science &
Technology Academy Students
BATON ROUGE – Today, a team of eight students from Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology
Academy emerged victorious from the second annual High School Offshore and Technology
Stars Challenge, which was co-hosted by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement,
or BSEE, and the Ocean Energy Safety Institute, or OESI, at LSU. Other participating
schools include West Feliciana High School, Plaquemine High School, Mathematics, Science
and Arts East, Mathematics, Science and Arts West, Starship Academy and Lee Magnet
Bryan Domangue, BSEE petroleum engineer, welcomed the students to the Tech Challenge
with a strong message of encouragement for the young competitors.
“Thanks to the schools and all of the students who are participating today. It’s going
to be challenging, but fun,” Domangue said. “Thanks also to LSU for hosting today’s
tech challenge and for volunteering to help mentor today’s participants.”
During the challenge, the students collaborated within their teams to design and build
an energy harvesting circuit based on NASA-developed piezoelectric technology, which
generates an electrical charge when it vibrates or bends. The circuits enabled the
teams to charge battery packs for remote-control cars, which they then drove through
a course in LSU’s Tiger Stadium, accumulating points for course completion and the
distance their cars drove in a 10-minute period.
Team Tiger Bytes’s performance in several challenges won them the championship. They
defeated 15 other teams to claim the $2,500 grand prize as well as a $1,500 teaching
grant for their school.
“At BSEE, we believe that helping students explore science and technology is crucial
to maintaining and building our workforce of engineers, physicists, geologists, marine
biologists and other STEM disciplines,” Domangue said. This year, BSEE and OESI expanded
the Tech Challenge to include Baton Rouge, La. and Bakersfield, Calif., and plan to
add other cities including Anchorage, Alaska in the years to come.
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