PARKLAND, FL- A trio of students from Parkland's Westglades Middel School were selected by Nike in a national competion to design a new shoe for the company. The competition, a STEM initiative backed by the National Science Foundation, asks students to utilize scientific knowledge of forces, friction and motion to design a shoe for a parkour athlete. Once the shoe is designed, students must pitch their project to Nike that demonstrates why this company should fund their shoe. Over 150 teams participated from across America, and only five finalists were chosen, including the trio from Westglades: Zoe Schwartzberg, Ella Maurice and Alexandra Lineberg.

The girls named their parkour shoe "The Flightshoe," and were guided in the process by Westglades robotics teacher Ms. Haynes. Qualities in shoe design that Nike is looking for include:

  • Designs a parkour athlete might actually use
  • Unique features beyond what is currently on the market
  • Thoughtful integration of research and design thinking into shoe and pitch
  • Clear inspiration evident in design and pitch
  • Good use of storytelling integrated into an interesting pitch
  • Best use of available technology for final deliverables

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