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Students From Mexico Win 2015-16 Global Automotive Design Challenge Sponsored by Honeywell


Full of drive and passion for automotive engineering, four middle school students from Colegio Americano de Mexicali took first place in the global 2016 Student Automotive Design Challenge (SADC) sponsored by Honeywell and SAE International. 

The team of Alejando Mungaray, 12, Daniela Urrea, 12, Valeria Hernandez, 13, and Adrian Perez, 12, created their “Make It Up” toy car company during two months of classroom activities. Their project used an alien space theme to align with their demographic research on what a target audience would want in a toy car. The special curriculum emphasizes math, science, technology, social studies and language arts in order to research, design, market and engineer a functioning electric gear-driven toy car that must meet performance standards. 


Left to right: Valerie Hernandez, Alejandro Mungaray, Daniela Urrea and Adrian Perez 

The competition was led by teachers from Colegio Americano de Mexicali and assisted by Honeywell employee volunteers.  Honeywell’s SADC is now in its eighth year and was comprised of more than 150 students in 7 schools from five countries.  

“Our employees are always excited by the opportunity to work with talented young students in our communities and then see their final projects get global recognition from Honeywell,” said Honeywell Transportation Systems Chief Technology Officer Craig Balis. “We hope that all the students enjoyed the experience to the point of perhaps leading them to pursue math and science with even greater interest. I like to think that these can be the first steps toward creating the next generation of engineering talent for companies like Honeywell to employ in the future.”