Sealy High automotive program takes on Top Tech Challenge

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On Jan. 25, Sealy High School competed in the Top Tech Challenge at the Universal Technical Institute in Houston.

This challenge pits several high schools from around the state against each other in competition both in a classroom and workplace environment for thousands of dollars in Snap-on tools, Snap-on tool boxes and over $100,000 in scholarships.

The students first completed a 70-question written test in a timed setting before moving on to the electric circuit board, vehicle diagnostics, tool identification, and vehicle part change out as part of the hands-on portion.

Kenneth Simms, head of the automotive tech program, noted that because this was Sealy’s first year at this competition, he and his students were unsure of what to prepare for heading into it.

Despite that, the boys from Sealy came in 17th out of 57 teams which will only set the bar for when they return.

“I could not be prouder of how this Sealy team came together, took on the event and showed everyone we know how to fix cars,” Simms added.

He included that his class is now outfitting their shop with the same diagnostics scanners used in the competition so they can get better acquainted with the specific technology.

“We took a lot of notes at the competition and are aligning many of the aspects of the shop to be competition-ready,” Simms finished.

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