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Rockford Christian students prep for competition in D.C.


From Rockford to D.C. the students of today design the products of tomorrow.

We caught up with Rockford Christian students prepping for their top three spot in a worldwide engineering event.

The Royal Narwhals of Rockford Christian are making a splash as they work toward winning a worldwide engineer's competition.

"Go Narwhals!!" 

"It's been amazing.  It was an amazing experience to see what comes to us in August," said Mike Menke, 7th grade science teacher at Rockford Christian.

The Royal Narwhals are Washington D.C. bound.

The team of robotics engineers are headed to a national competition in the nation's capitol where they'll compete amongst the top three out of over a thousand original teams.

"The MPA is a magnetic plug adapter that helps when you plug it in.  That can plug and unplug really easily.  So then, it's easier for people to use," explained students working on the project."

The Narwhals brainstormed the idea after noticing how senior citizens have trouble with laptop cords.

"They go together, the electricity flows through them," explained one student while demonstrating the MPA.

Then the light bulb came on.  The team thinks they can make it easier for seniors to plug in appliances without creating a safety hazard.

"It helped a lot of people and when we started building it, we sort of saw all the other things it would help so you won't be able to trip and kids won't be able to stick knives or anything in the sockets anymore."

Rockford area engineering firms like United Technologies are always looking for local workers to fill the skills gap.

These Rockford Christian students are still in school today but there's no telling what tomorrow holds for them.

"So we see these kids as our future and an opportunity to meet that demand going forward," said Greg Vermillion, Engineering Manager at UTC.

The Narwhals leave June 16th for D.C.

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