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Phoenix Contact announces winner of Nanoline Contest to kick off National Engineers Week

Phoenix Contact announces winner of Nanoline Contest to kick off National Engineers Week

February 27, 2017– A team from Lower Dauphin High School in Hummelstown, Pa., has won a trip to Orlando, Fla., in Phoenix Contact’s Nanoline Contest. The company announced the winner on Saturday, February 18, to kick off its National Engineers Week celebration.                                          

The students developed and built a “Bee Keeper” machine that automates the collection of honey and beeswax. The bees reside in several “supers” or boxes. Phoenix Contact’s Nanoline Controller reads data from sensors, and when the weight of the super indicates the honey is ready for harvesting, the box automatically moves over to a collection system. The heater will turn on, and melt the wax, and the honey will be collected in the catch bin. Before the super moves, the machine blows smoke into the hive, forcing the bees to the lower level to keep them from being harmed. It also blows powdered sugar onto the bees so they clean each other off.  This process promotes the removal of mites from the bees.

Team members are Brandon Rossi, Lucas McCanna, Nick Moosic, Corey Knoll, and Jonathan Malone, all seniors at Lower Dauphin. Nancy and Brad Kiscadden are the team mentors. 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 Lower Dauphin High School team has won the Nanoline Contest.  

Forty-nine teams registered for this year’s competition at the regional level, and eight teams from Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Indiana qualified to compete in Saturday’s national contest. A team from Walker Career Center in Indianapolis won second place for its Cocoa Xpress, and Benton Central from Oxford, Ind., took third.  Teams were also honored for excellence in the following categories:

  • Excellence in Craftsmanship: Bee Keeper by Lower Dauphin High School
  • Excellence in Engineering: Cocoa-Xpress by Walker Career Center
  • Excellence in Teamwork: Exerceo by Carroll Middle School, Fort Wayne, Ind.
  • Excellence in Communication: Cocoa Xpress by Walker Career Center
  • Entrepreneurial Excellence: Proper Wash by Benton Central High School

The contest is part of Phoenix Contact’s initiative to promote STEM and to celebrate National Engineers Week. National Engineers Week (Feb. 19 – 25) 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 21 – 24.

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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