Metro Tech students win trip to Massachusetts through Oklahoma ArtScience Prize

Five Metro Tech students will represent Oklahoma when they travel to Cambridge, Massachusetts in July to study with Harvard University professors and students. The students, Team BioBlue, were announced as the winning Oklahoma ArtScience Prize team at the ArtScience Prize Finals on May 19 at Metro Tech.

The Oklahoma ArtScience Prize is a year-long after school program through which Oklahoma high school students are challenged to develop innovative design ideas infused with concepts at the forefront of modern science. This year’s students were given creative freedom to explore the 2014-2015 theme of “biodiversity” to develop projects that can bring change into the world.

Team BioBlue won the Oklahoma ArtScience Prize 2015 with their design for a specialized chair resembling the structure and functionality of a fish fin that will help individuals with injuries or disabilities to not only sit, but stand with ease.

Team BioBlue is led by ArtScience Prize Administrator Liz Guerrero-Lee, Metro Tech Community Outreach Coordinator; and mentors Nathan Pratt and Nathan Lee. The team members are: Arynn Howell, a homeschool student; Kenny Bradley, a Metro Career Academy Culinary student; Amy Armenta and Daisy Mezano-Fuentes, Southeast High School and Metro Technology Center Cosmetology and CADD students; and Alex Brown, a Star-Spencer and Metro Technology Center STEM student.

While in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the team will participate in a week-long innovation lab to further develop their project with ArtScience Prize founder and Harvard professor Dr. David Edwards, Harvard and MIT students, and other prize winning ArtScience teams from around the world. Other 2015 Oklahoma ArtScience Prize teams will continue to work on their projects during a special summer Innovation Institute workshop at UCO especially designed to further their projects and will be connected to resources and professionals to help bring their projects to prototype level.

The Oklahoma ArtScience Prize is a program of Creative Oklahoma in collaboration with Metro Technology Centers and Inclusion in Art. The program is sponsored by the Anschutz Foundation.