On Friday, March 22 selected students from Baltimore County and Baltimore City schools participated in the Baltimore Regional MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement) Competitions at Morgan State University, which consisted of four technology-based contests: Wood Bridge, Cyber Robot, Wearable Technology, and the National Engineering Design Competition (NEDC). Eastern Tech Juniors and Seniors in the Engineering Careers program participated in each of these four contests which are comprised of both a rigorous skills showcase and a presentation element. All groups from Eastern Tech won first place in their contests and will be advancing to the State MESA Competitions in May. At the state match, Maverick engineering students will compete with students from other counties for the Maryland MESA Championships. Eastern Tech MESA coordinator and engineering teacher, Angela Waldrop, was not only proud of her students’ overall success, but also their collaborative efforts regarding “problem solving skills, troubleshooting, interacting with a design team, and working with customers for their designs.” Waldrop added, “I am very proud of all the students’ hard work. They combined their technical and design knowledge with the design thinking process in order to solve complex problems. We are very much looking forward to participating in the State Competitions.” Senior, Leo Cha, said of the event, “This is my second year competing in the MESA tournament and even though it is competitive, there is definitely an overall positive atmosphere. The challenges are really interesting and rely on collaboration with your team. It requires a lot of communication to create a plan and see it to fruition.” Cha elaborated on his team’s success in the wearable technology competition offering, “By designing a device that monitors the respiration rate of a baby, I feel that our finished product can actually be useful in helping others.”
On Wednesday, March 27, Eastern Tech seniors who participated in either Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)/Geriatric Nursing Assistant (GNA) or Central Services Technician (CST) attended graduation ceremonies at CCBC. Of the 26 Eastern Tech students recognized, CNA/GNA completers are currently in an advanced course Patient Care Technician program. These students completed their clinicals at Sinai Hospital on March 30 and 31 and took their certification exams during the first week of April. The CST students are completing their 400 hours of clinicals during the month of April, at three different sites – GBMC, University of MD-St. Josephs or Hopkins Bayview, and upon completion will be eligible to take their certification exam.
In reflecting on the success of her students, Eastern Tech Allied Health Professions coordinator Amy Magladry stated, “All of these students have been working extremely hard over the course of the year and are beginning to see immediate benefits of their diligence, as several have already been offered summer employment opportunities.” She added, “They have been at ETHS taking classes, traveling to CCBC to take a 3 hour class/lab 3 days a week, giving up weekends and free time to finish clinical hours which equates to unpaid work for 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week. We are extremely proud of all of the effort and commitment these students have put forth.”