The Gering High School students in Justin Reinmuth’s dual electronics class 2016-17 are now part of the official U.S. Congressional Record.
After achieving the milestone of being among the top three national winners for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest., the students have now been recognized in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Adrian Smith- an alum of Gering High School- recognized the students on the congressional floor and delivered the record to the students on Friday, May 12.
“The house of representatives recognized Gering High School for their (drone) project,” Smith said. “They recognized the award and that it shows ingenuity on the part of the students themselves.”
The GHS students worked on the drone project throughout the school year.
The drone the students created had the task of looking for weeds in a field. After finding and mapping the weeds, another drone carrying herbicide would then go out and spot spray the weeds.
The drone is not only made to save farmers time and money from blanket spraying, but to leave a smaller footprint on the environment.
“Looking at all the projects online, it was great to see hometown folks come to Washington to compete,” Smith said. “I was really anxious to share their success with colleagues.”
He added agriculture is very important in Nebraska and having students interested in it is a win-win for all involved.
“This shows our education system is successful in getting kids involved and thinking in a technical manner to compete and succeed,” Smith said.
With the success of the class and more students interested in taking the class, GHS Principal Eldon Hubbard said there would be some changes next year.
“We have some resources now to expand our pre-engineering and engineering program,” he said. “We have a lot of talented kids in Gering and I want them to have an opportunity to get exposure to what type of careers they can have with engineering skills.”
GHS will provide a kind of STEM career academy for students in the next year.
GHS will receive $150,000 in technology products such as LED TVs, laptops and tablets.
In order to enter the contest the class had to have a non-profit partner. The University of Nebraska Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center teamed up with them and will be receiving $20,000.
The students will be at the Panhandle Extension Thursday, May 18, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium discussing the project at the Panhandle Center. The event is free and open to the public.