ALCS Eagles Shine at ACSI GCU Divisional STEM Competition

stemAlta Loma Christian Schools’ STEM program shined at the ACSI Grand Canyon University Divisional STEM Competition on Saturday, February 25—hosted by ALCS—as four ALCS teams qualified to move on to the international finals and another team was selected as an alternate.
In the category Rehabilitation Challenge: Biomedical Engineering, ALCS finished in first place (“The Valedictorians” – Quinten S., Paizley H., Christa S.) and second place (“Team Exo-Slip” – Sathvik K., Wyatt A., Hudson K.), with both teams qualifying for the international finals to be held at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 15, 2023.
In the category Software Development: Side Scrolling Game, ALCS finished in first place (“Code & Canvas” – Sathvik K., Leilani D.) and qualified to move on to the international finals.                                               
In the category Innovation in Service, ALCS finished in first place (“California Compost Center” – Savanah L., Michael S., Owen V., Alexis A.) and qualified for the international competition.                                                         
stemIn the category Onsite Design Challenge, ALCS finished in fifth place (“ALCS Team #2” – Jack, Roma, Amy) and was selected as an alternate for the international finals in Phoenix.                                                                         
Other ALCS teams included: in the category Aerospace Glider, “The Aviators” (Michael, Paizley, Rose); in the category Onsite Design Challenge, “ALCS Team #1” (Jacob, Sammy, Camila); and in the category Robotic Thunder Lunch, “The Sandwich Artisans” (Eric, Alana, Olivia, Daanvir).
Last year, in the inaugural international STEM competition at GCU, ALCS came home with two international STEM championships, first place in the category Aerospace Gilder and first place in the category IT Coding.
Mrs. Michelle Martinez, ALCS Director of STEM Education, leads the ALCS program and served as the host site coordinator for the divisional qualifying event, which witnessed a rare snowfall during the competition.
“Our students and Mrs. Martinez have done a remarkable job working on their projects and preparing for this competition,” said ALCS head of school, Dr. Vance Nichols. “Our kids are demonstrating once again that a faith-based STEM education is a great way to prepare them for real world challenges, and to shine.” 
stemCongratulations to Mrs. Martinez and all of her students and teams for a wonderful showing at
the divisional competition, and we pray for them as they fine tune their projects for the
international finals. Great job, Eagles!