The task of the competition was to build and program an ultrasonic range sensor using an Arduino, which is an open-source electronics platform based on easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for anyone developing interactive projects. Since the Arduino boards are completely open-source, users are empowered to build them independently and eventually can adapt them to their particular needs. During Raytheon’s Engineering Games, the students used this tool to accurately measure distances to different objects located in a maze within a two-minute time period. The students successfully completed the challenge and were able to locate and measure the distance of all objects in less than two minutes.
“This was a great opportunity for these students to gain experience working in a group while using math, AP physics and engineering to find a solution to a real-life problem,” said Horvath.
Incoming freshman and new students may opt in to the ESHS Engineering Pathway by enrolling in a pathway course during the registration process. Curriculum is supported by the El Segundo Unified School District’s partnership with Project Lead the Way.
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).