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Bednarcik Junior High Students Win National Coding Contest

SD308 Community Unit School District


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Press Release:   Bednarcik Junior High Students Win National Coding Contest

Oswego, Ill. (July 10, 2019) — Five seventh grade students from Bednarcik Junior High School recently won the 2019 Texas Instruments Codes Coding Contest. 

The Clever Composters team includes students Jensie Coonradt (team leader), Clark Chen, Nathan Rehder, Manya Srivastava and Ava Uthe, who are led by advisor Amy Truemper (Honors Science Teacher) and assisted by parent Laurel Coonradt, who took photos and video of the project progress.

This is the first time this group of five has worked together in this competition. Three of the members (Clark Chen, Jensie Coonradt, Nathan Rehder) have teamed up together previously for a different competition in which they invented an innovative locker ant-jammer and won a 3D printer and laptop.

The 2019 Texas Instruments Codes Contest was a national student challenge to design a product that automates or optimizes a process or product related to food, then use coding and TI technology, to build a model of the solution.

Bednarcik‘s team the Clever Composters won three separate design rounds judged by TI engineers before advancing to the finals. They were the only middle school against four high school teams in the final round.

The grand prize winner was decided through social media where the five finalists showcased their designs on YouTube videos on the TI Codes website. Everyone on the team will receive multiple prizes of Texas Instruments technology.

To view the Clever Composter’s TI Codes Contest award winning video, visit: