Loudoun Students Win Statewide Challenge

Teams of students from Loudoun, Appomattox and Roanoke counties earned first-place honors during the inaugural Student-Led Ideation Challenge state championship in Richmond earlier this month.

The event, developed by Leesburg-based Innovative Solutions Consortium in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, offered student teams the chance to explore real-world problems, offer solutions to issues facing educational and agricultural systems or consider challenges related to unmanned aviation vehicles.

Students from Loudoun’s Academy of Science won first place in the technology and robotics category. The winning team was made up of Joseph Chang, Michelle Molina, Samuel Ong, Daniel Pham, David Zhang and Josef Zimmerman.

A second team of students from Academy of Science won second place in the agriculture and global warming category. The team members are Aaron Chai, Nat Coombs, Jonathan Kerr, Rassvik Kudam, James Miller, Sara Stephen and Sundar Thirukkurungudi.

The first-place team in each category earned $3,000 and the opportunity to talk with venture capitalists from Silicon Valley. Second-place and third-place teams received $1,500. All winners will have the opportunity to build their prototypes with support and resources from industry experts and to present those prototypes to interested organizations and industry experts.

The teams that competed in the state championship were selected from the 42 teams from eight schools that participated in two regional competitions held last month at the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech.

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