El Segundo High School Engineering Students to Compete at SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design Competition

The teams were selected by SpaceX from hundreds of entries to present their concepts to a panel of SpaceX, Tesla and university judges for a chance to build and test their design prototype at the world’s first Hyperloop Test Track being built by SpaceX adjacent to its headquarters in Hawthorne, California. The final phase of the Hyperloop competition will be held in the summer of 2016.

The Hyperloop, a high-speed ground transport concept, was first proposed by SpaceX and Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk in 2013. With the Hyperloop, passengers could travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in under 30 minutes, radically transforming the speed and safety of passenger mass transit. Design Weekend which SpaceX announced in June 2015, is a preliminary competition for students designed to encourage innovation and challenge them to design and build the best Hyperloop transport Pod.

The ESHS engineering team, the HyperEagles, consists of five seniors who formed their group at the beginning of the academic year for their senior Engineering Pathway capstone class. They researched and selected the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Design as their capstone project. The students have been working on their pod design since August and formed their group around a common interest in wanting to help solve transportation challenges that exist today.

The HyperEagles team members include Oliver Chen, Gavin Glynn, Henry Smith, Luke St. Regis, and Julia Taylor.

El Segundo High School teacher Steve Eno, who teaches the Project Lead the Way series of courses in engineering in the Chevron funded Engineering Lab, believes exposing students to engineering competitions helps them take their skills to the next level. “The engineering and design challenges the students are tackling here are equal to graduate-level work,” said Eno. “This team has accomplished amazing work and the Hyperloop Pod Design competition has pushed them beyond what they would normally confront in their classes. It also gives these students the motivation to try new things and provide input on solving engineering problems of today.”

For more information about the event, please visit www.spacex.com/hyperloop and http://engineering.tamu.edu/hyperloop.


About the El Segundo Unified School District

The El Segundo Unified School District (ESUSD) was established in 1912 to serve all of the residents living in the City of El Segundo and covers the western part of the city. ESUSD consists of six schools including the Eagle’s Nest Preschool, Richmond Street and Center Street Elementary Schools, El Segundo Middle School, El Segundo High School and the Arena/Virtual High School, as well as partnerships with the South Bay Adult School and California Regional Occupational Center (SoCal ROC).