Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa served as the background and the objective was to build a capacitive sensor (symbol finder) to reveal the hidden symbol without destroying the painting. The winning device consisted of a circuit that modeled a stud finder. It was able to sense when a hidden wooden symbol was present behind a foam art board. Not only did they have to locate the symbols behind the Mona Lisa, but they had to detect the exact shape of the symbols using their device.
Nic Mon ’12, Charlie Fling ’13, Therese Fazio and Ben Helkey ’13 brought home the hardware for Bishop Diego. Bishop Diego’s Dean of Science, Brianna Adam, was proud of the effort the kids put into the competition this year. “Having finished in second place last year our students were fired up to win it and their hard work paid off,” she said. “The kid’s ability to think outside the box and apply their knowledge to new situations is what brought home the victory for Bishop.”
Bishop’s STEM program is an extremely rigorous course of study for students who wish to study science, engineering, technology and math at the highest and most concentrated levels. Many of the STEM students are also part of the Bishop Scholar’s program which allows for modified schedules permitting enrollment in UCSB and SBCC classes, independent study and on-line coursework.
Bishop Diego is an independent, Catholic high school that accepts students of all faiths.