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Students from Benton Central Jr./Sr. High School win Nanoline Contest

Phoenix Contact USA

Indiana-based team designs T-Shirt Launcher for Phoenix Contact Nanoline Contest

A team from Benton Central Jr./Sr. High School in Oxford, Ind., has won Phoenix Contact’s 2015 Nanoline Contest.MIDDLETOWN, Pa. – A team from Benton Central Jr./Sr. High School in Oxford, Ind., has won Phoenix Contact’s 2015 Nanoline Contest. The company announced the winner on Saturday, February 21, to kick off its National Engineers Week celebration.

The grand prize for this year’s contest is a trip to Louisville, Ky., in April. Team members include: Blake Stawsma, Justin Shultz, Wil Barce, Kyle Laramore, Bryce Nehrig, and Nate Post. The team designed and built the “Fully Automated Nanoline T-Shirt Cannon,” or FAN-TC, which runs on Phoenix Contact’s Nanoline Controller and uses the intuitive flowchart-based nanoNavigator software to control the application. As a prize for winning the contest, the group will travel to Louisville, Ky., in April, where they will attend and observe the final rounds of the VEX Robotics World Championship and participate in other planned activities.
A team from Lower Dauphin High School in Hummelstown, Pa., won second place for the “Robotically Automated Miscellaneous Organizational System.” Third place went to the “S’moreChat: App Enabled S’more Maker,” created by Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School in Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Eight teams competed on Saturday. Teams were also honored for excellence in the following categories:

  • Excellence in Engineering: Cumberland Perry Area VTS
  • Excellence in Communication: Walker Career Center (Indianapolis, Ind.) for the Remote Material Handling Robot
  • Excellence in Teamwork: Benton Central Jr./Sr. High School
  • Entrepreneurial Excellence: York County School of Technology (York, Pa.,) for the RFID Hall Pass  

The contest is part of Phoenix Contact’s National Engineers Week celebration. National Engineers Week (Feb. 22-28) recognizes engineers for their contributions to society and also serves as a catalyst for outreach. Phoenix Contact will recognize its engineer employees at awards dinners in Pennsylvania and Michigan. In addition, several Phoenix Contact engineers will teach sixth-grade science class at nearby Middletown Area Middle School.

For an overview of the Nanoline Contest and a look at previous winning projects, visit online.  

About Phoenix Contact
Phoenix Contact develops and manufactures industrial electrical and electronic technology products that power, protect, connect, and automate systems and equipment for a wide range of industries. Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Blomberg, Germany, operates more than 50 international subsidiaries, including Phoenix Contact USA in Middletown, Pa.

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