CEO of Craig Technologies Carol Craig Assists Merritt Island High School da Vinci Academy Students
By Space Coast Daily // January 30, 2019
competition’s first round held at Florida Tech on February 14
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Once a week from December to February, Carol Craig goes to school…and the CEO of Craig Technologies takes some of her engineers with her.
Craig and her team are assisting students from the Merritt Island High School da Vinci Academy for Aerospace Technology with their senior engineering projects.
The students will be entering their yearlong efforts in a Shark Tank-like competition sponsored by Junior Achievement in February.
“It is such a windfall to have Carol and her team work with our students,” said Charles Parker, the director of the academy.
“Carol has been teaching them the business side of engineering using the JA curriculum and her engineers have been providing technical expertise. It is collaboration at its finest.”
The students spent the first semester of their Engineering Design and Development class researching problems to be solved, looking at prior attempts, doing patent searches, and designing solutions using engineering notebooks and the AutoCad Inventor 3-D modeling program.
This year’s slate of projects includes an improved crutch, a re-designed skateboard deck, a glove to assist people with arthritis, a protector for gaming controllers, and a beach clean-up device.
Early in the second semester, they began preparing for the competition by putting together a power point that highlights their projects and producing two videos – one for advertising and one targeted for investors.
The competition’s first round is held at Florida Institute of Technology on February 14 with the finals the following week at the Cocoa Village Playhouse.
Each member of the first place team will receive a $12,000 renewable scholarship to FIT and a share of $3,000 in cash.
Second place team members will receive $10,000 in renewable FIT scholarships and a share of $1,500.
The third place team will split a $1,000 cash prize and fourth place, $500.
“We look forward to competing with teams from other high schools,” Parker added.
“The skills our students are learning through this process will serve them well in college and in their future careers.”
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