A winning team of science and engineering students from Aldine Independent School District designed a bus shelter METRO intends to build in the district.
Aldine ISD and METRO collaborated in the design contest to enhance the district's STEM program – science, technology, engineering and math. Hundreds of students researched and created bus shelter prototypes, using 3-D design software and printers. Teams submitted detailed scopes, along with construction materials, tasks and itemized budgets.
Eisenhower High School's design team emerged as the winner over eight finalists who presented their projects to METRO staff.
"All of the teams articulated their concepts very well and followed the guidelines we gave them, and it was difficult picking just one winner," said Roberto Trevino, executive vice president of Planning, Engineering and Construction. "We could tell all the teams worked hard on their project and presentation."
The teams were judged on presentation skills, creativity, design concept, budget, 3-D printed model and teamwork. Eisenhower High School's design captured the judges' attention with its sleek, curved structure that offered enhanced seating and a solar panel which powered lighting.
Aldine ISD officials said this project offered invaluable opportunities to use a variety of academic skills. "Bringing all these subjects together in a real-world scenario makes learning an interactive experience," said Bradley Kaplan, a learning specialist at Aldine ISD. "When students are actively learning, they're engaged and motivated. It's a type of learning that stays with them for life."
Tom Lambert, METRO president & CEO, said he was thoroughly impressed with the students' designs.
"We intend to build the winning team's shelter in the Aldine ISD area and incorporate elements of each of the bus shelter concepts presented," said Lambert. "The best part will be involving the students in the construction process."
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