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Oxford, Indiana high school team wins Phoenix Contact's Nanoline Contest

Oxford, Indiana high school team wins Phoenix Contact's Nanoline Contest

February 21, 2018 – A team from Benton Central Jr./Sr. High School in Oxford, Indiana, has won a trip to Orlando, Fla., in Phoenix Contact’s Nanoline Contest. The students designed and built the “Jiggy Jukebox,” which gives music lovers a voice into the music selection at proms, radio stations, and even restaurants. The company announced the winner on Saturday, February 17, to kick off its National Engineers Week celebration.

Music listeners can text their song choice to the Jiggy Jukebox, which uses the Nanoline’s CDMA module to accept the text and add it to the music mix. Team members are Thomas Brackett, Kayli Loflin, Josh Meyer, Nick Daily, and Matt Gobel. Team mentor is John Weitlauf. The group will travel to Orlando, Fla., in June. The trip will incorporate fun and educational activities at area attractions, such as Walt Disney World and Cape Canaveral. This is the second time a team from Benton Central has won the Nanoline Contest.

A second team from Benton Central won second place for the Soft Contact project, a tomato-harvesting system. A team from Carroll Jr./Sr. High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., placed third for Auxilia, an Internet of Things (IoT) medical enhancement for motorized wheelchairs.

Teams were also honored for excellence in the following categories:

  • Excellence in Craftsmanship: Jiggy Jukebox by Benton Central
  • Excellence in Engineering: Auxilia by Carroll Jr./Sr. High School
  • Excellence in Teamwork: Attendance Keeper by Elizabethtown Area Middle School, Elizabethtown, Pa. 
  • Excellence in Communication: Soft Contact by Benton Central
  • Entrepreneurial Excellence: Baby Saver by Porter County Career Center in Valparaiso, Ind.

Forty-five teams registered for this year’s competition at the regional level, and six teams from Pennsylvania and Indiana qualified to compete in Saturday’s national contest.

The contest is part of Phoenix Contact’s initiative to promote STEM and to celebrate National Engineers Week.  National Engineers Week (Feb. 18 – 24) recognizes engineers for their contributions to society and also serves as a catalyst for outreach. Phoenix Contact is recognizing its engineers at awards dinners in Pennsylvania and Michigan. In addition, several engineer employees are sharing their love of engineering by teaching sixth-grade science classes at nearby Middletown Area Middle School, February 20 – 23.

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 50 international subsidiaries, including Phoenix Contact USA in Middletown, Pa.  

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