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Future engineers put their skills to the test in high school competition

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KENNEWICK, WA - Today, our future engineers of America competed at Kennewick High School. More than 300 kids from eight different schools put their skills to the test for engineers week. Reporter Jaclyn Selesky caught up with the winners of the competition to find out why something like this is important at the high school level.

This engineering competition is a great opportunity for students to get an idea of what they want to do after high school: it lets them work on their critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork skills. They broke up into groups and had an hour using only office supplies to complete today's project. A group from Kennewick High School took home the winning trophy, which they were pretty excited about considering they all want to pursue a career in engineering.

"It really shows the importance of engineering and how anyone can become an engineer, and how the world really needs more engineers," said Max Clizer, a competition winner.

Employees volunteering from Hanford contractors were on hand with their notepads keeping score. Scoring was based on schedule, how much or how little supplies were used, and performance quality.

This year's winners get to host the next engineering competition.