Click on video to view the LH Engineering Team's "ED Talk," its winning final presentation in the Sikorsky STEM Challenge 2021.
Lauralton has many signature programs, those that are unique to our School. Our participation as the only all-girls team in the Sikorsky STEM Challenge is one of those programs under the wing of our dedicated math and science faculty members and engineering team advisors, Theresa Napolitano and Danielle Kratter.
The competition provides the opportunity for high school students to partner with an engineering mentor from Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company. Our team's mentor is Lauralton alumna Ashley Currivan '10, a senior controls engineer for Sikorsky. The challenge is to solve a real-world engineering design problem by applying the lessons of the classroom. Over the course of the academic year, the team must develop project plans, present to Sikorsky engineers, and meet objectives for submitting reports and videos.
The LH team, dubbed the "Wright Sisters," has earned the highest score four years running. While the Sikorsky STEM Challenge was on hold in spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our team resumed activities in Fall 2020 and went on to win the 2021 event. View the video the team members produced, modeled on a "TED" talk, to present their design for a remotely operated helitanker that intakes and disperses water to fight fires. Students also created this presentation earlier in the process about developing the prototype of the next-gen helitanker.
In a news segment that aired June 3, 2019, NBC Connecticut 30 news anchor Kevin Nathan called Lauralton's track record of wins a "STEM dynasty." Read more about Lauralton's winning 2019 design and about Lauralton's track record since 2016 of participation in the Sikorsky STEM Challenge.
The Lauralton Hall Engineering Team wins the Sikorsky STEM Challenge 2019