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Posted: Thursday, 24 April 2014 3:00PM

Senior Engineering Students Compete In Local Challenge

The 3rd Annual Cadiz-Trigg County Youth Creative Cup Challenge resulted in four patentable ideas and two big winners. Patsy Bannister and Alex Carr took first place at the competition for their design of a better gate latch and a safety extension rod for cattle chutes.

Each year senior engineering students at Trigg County High School learn about the patent process from an engineering perspective by designing, engineering and marketing ideas of their own. The contest gives students the chance to present their patentable ideas before a panel of judges.

Bannister and Carr named their company BC Cattle Chutes, with two products to make working with cattle safer. Bannister says the idea came from personal experience.

Carr adds that they realized injuries and even deaths associated with working cattle could be reduced with a few inexpensive additions to existing equipment.

Other ideas to come from the class include a hand-crank dehumidifier that could generate clean drinking water in developing countries, a wood splitter, and a football glove incorporating hinged finger braces to protect finger joints. Engineering teacher Lori Ricks says all of the projects could follow through with the patent process, and she looks foward to regional competition.

Carr adds that the class has provided unique learning experiences.

Trigg's senior engineering students will compete at Murray State University on Monday.

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