TPCA Wins the STEM Engineering Competition at Metro State University!!
For the second year in a row, Twin Peaks Charter Academy (TPCA) won the STEM engineering competition at Metro State University Math Day. Congratulations to the team of Esther Xu, Isha Karki, Abby Jenkins, and Alaynah Penalosa.
Approximately twenty teams of high school students compete at MSU Math Day. The goal of the event is to encourage interest in math and science while fostering constructive competition among area high schools. Many schools from throughout the Front Range participate, and each brings up to three teams. Students compete in three subjects: geometry, engineering, and algebra.
In the geometry competition, teams of students work together to solve as many geometry problems as possible in 45 minutes. In the algebra competition, students work together to solve twenty timed algebra problems. These are not simple problems - Mr. Carsten, a TPCA math teacher, described many of the geometry and algebra problems as very challenging!
Finally, in this year’s engineering competition, students were provided with materials to transport a piece of clay as close as possible to a given spot on an adjoining table. The TPCA team chose to create a zip line mechanism rather than a catapult or throwing device. The team’s knowledge of engineering and efficient planning were essential because, as they explained, “there wasn’t enough of anything so we really had to plan how to use our limited supplies!”
“This is just one example of many activities that our students are engaged in, and I credit their teachers and the rigorous education we provide to prepare them for these unique events” said Joseph Mehsling the newly established Director of TCPA.
The entire team of students and teachers are already looking forward to next year’s competition.
TPCA is a tuition-free public K–12 school of choice in the St. Vrain Valley School District. We provide students with the foundations of virtue and character while building cultural literacy through a rigorous, content-rich curriculum in an encouraging environment. TPCA is centrally located in Longmont on Sunset between Boston Avenue and Nelson Road.
For more information about TPCA, please visit www.twinpeakscharter.org or contact:
Joseph Mehsling, Director, 303-772- 7286 or via email.
David Yu, Secondary Principal, 303-772- 7286 or via email.
Teal Maxwell-Richards, Elementary Principal, 303-772- 7286 or via email.
Kathy DeMatteo, President of the Board of Directors, 303-775- 6991 or via email.