Chester County Students Submit Impressive Projects in the Giti Math and Science Award Program

CHESTER COUNTY, SC (April 13, 2018) – For the 2nd year in a row, Giti Tire sponsored a Math and Science competition at the Chester County School District in South Carolina.

Chester Park Center of Literacy Through Technology won the elementary division. Great Falls Middle School and Great Falls High School won in their divisions.

Chester Park Center of Literacy Through Technology winning 2018 Giti award

Chester Park Center of Literacy Through Technology won the elementary division.

Great Falls Middle School winning the 2018 Giti Award

Great Falls Middle School won the middle school division.

Great Falls High School winning the 2018 Giti Award

Great Falls High School won the high school division.

The entries were judged on April 10-12, and the winning teams were announced last evening during an awards ceremony at the Gateway Center in Richburg.

The contest topics were:

  • Elementary school team – Eclipse Emulator, a look at the stars and solar system to support earth science, as well as general scientific and engineering practices.
  • Middle school team – Micro-Drone Lift, tied with the forces and motion curriculum and supporting physical science and engineering.
  • High school team – Wind Power, supporting the interactions and energy curriculum and using physics, general science and engineering principles.

The prizes from Giti Tire included:

  • $1,000 and a trophy for the first-place school in each division (elementary, middle and high).
  • $500 for each of the other school participants.
  • $100 and first-place medals for each student on the first-place teams.
  • $50 and participation medals for all other student participants.

“The program’s mission is to encourage the development and use of scientific discipline to help prepare children for jobs in our ever-increasing technological society,” said Hank Eisenga, vice president of manufacturing for GITI Tire Manufacturing (USA) Ltd.  “We were thrilled by the number of students participating in this year’s contest and very impressed by the quality of all the entries.”

The competing schools were:

Elementary schools:

  • Lewis Elementary
  • Great Falls Elementary
  • Chester Park School of Arts
  • Chester Park COLT
  • Chester Park School of Inquiry

Middle schools:

  • Lewisville Middle
  • Chester Middle
  • Great Falls Middle

High schools:

  • Lewisville High
  • Chester High
  • Great Falls High

The entries were judged on:  design, written report, collaboration and presentation. The judges were science/engineering experts at Giti:

  • Fred Smith, Chemical Physical Lab Manager
  • Jim Wehnert, Senior Manager in Engineering
  • Meng Zhang, Lab Engineer
  • David Shelton, Director of Industry Relations and Communications

The first step to participate in the contest is for students to apply and become a member of the Giti Math and Science club. The club meets at least 12 times between September and April.

The 1.7 million-square-foot Giti plant in Richburg began producing passenger and light truck tires for the U.S. market in late 2017.

About Giti Tire (pronounced “G-T” tire)

One of the largest tire companies in the world, Giti Tire Group, (headquartered in Singapore) has been in the tire business since 1951. Giti Tire operates 8 manufacturing plants and produces a broad range of tire products, serving major original equipment vehicle manufacturers, auto-service outlets, tire dealers and consumers in more than 130 countries worldwide.

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