Weekly roundup: Auto repair contest emphasizes tech skills, a ‘Dude Be Nice’ campaign, and more

So this was the challenge: Inspect a car and fix as many problems as you can find in one hour.

As the Orange County Register reported this week, a dozen local automotive students paired up in teams and raced the clock to make car repairs in a scholarship competition sponsored by the Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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The 25th annual contest, held on Feb. 10 at Kia’s Irvine facility, underscored the extent to which STEM skills are needed to work on today’s cars.

“On the average car there’s over 30 computers now, and we’ve probably tripled the number of models, so there’s a lot more cars and they’re a lot more sophisticated,” John Sackrison, the association’s executive director, told the Register.

Santiago High School’s Antonio Leana and Mauricio Rey won the day and secured an invite to the nationals by making 24 repairs. (Bugs included everything from busted fuses to faulty starters.) And all of the participants netted $1,500 scholarships to area community colleges that have automotive programs.

Here are some of the other school-related stories we’ve been tracking this week:

  • Orange County’s public and private schools have a rich history of producing great Olympians — and this year is no different. The 2018 Winter Olympics feature at least four athletes with ties to local schools.
  • Inspired by Google’s offices, a fourth-grade teacher at Andersen Elementary in Newport Beach has swapped traditional desks and chairs in her classroom for bean bags, rocking chairs, yacht buoys and padded blankets.
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