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Spotlight on Education: Braden River Teachers Win Engineering Contest


BRADENTON -- Two Braden River High School Engineering Teachers teamed up to win first place in a competition among manufacturing education programs in the state of Florida. Gil Burlew and David Sheppard won the event as part of the STEM Manufacturing Summit held May 29, 2014 at the Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando.

The contest was sponsored by The Florida Sterling Council and the Manufacturers Association of Florida. This was a big win for Braden River High and for the Manatee County School District because the competition included not only high school manufacturing education programs, but college programs as well.

The presentation made by Mr. Burlew and Mr. Sheppard to win the competition was titled “Persistence of Vision” and it teaches students and teachers a simple process to manufacture a device that displays binary codes. Gulf Coast State College placed second behind Braden River High – which was the only high school among six finalists for the award. Congratulations to Mr. Burlew, Mr. Sheppard and to Braden River High School.

Gil Burlew (far right) and David Sheppard (second from right)


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