Chloe Ciora

CCA Student Placed in the National Real World Design Challenge

By Paula Green

        Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA) senior, Chloe Ciora, 18, of Butler County along with her team mates recently competed in the national Real World Design Challenge (RWDC).  The Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) event was held Apr. 22 at the National 4-H Conference Center in Washington, D.C.  The participants were required to solve engineering problems, and Ciora’s team fared well where they came in second place.

        CCA has participated in the RWDC since its inception nine years ago, and have advanced nationally several times.  Ciora was thrilled that her school placed high in the competition.  “It was amazing–and not just for me personally. I feel there are times when people underestimate or undervalue cyber school students. This is the third time our school has placed second nationally, and each year the judges have been curious about how we accomplished so much virtually instead of meeting in person.  I think that my team’s success at RWDC proves that cyber school students are very capable, hardworking and that we do succeed. I’m proud of that,” Ciora remarked.

        Ciora has been attending CCA for nearly ten years and offers high praise for this public cyber charter school.  “I have attended CCA since the 3rd grade.  I’ve had the flexibility to participate in varsity sports at my local high school and to take college courses.  I will be transferring 36 credits for math, science and programming courses that I took at the Butler County Community College during eleventh and twelfth grade,” added Ciora.

       Ciora has been interested in STEM ever since she was little. “My parents are both engineers, and growing up, STEM was always a focus in our family. What really cemented my passion, however, happened soon after I joined CCA. My mom took me and my brothers on many field trips at Pittsburgh museums, science centers and CCA science-related field trips many times at state parks.  Over the years, I discovered so many different areas of passion in STEM. To this day, I still have trouble deciding between so many options,” Ciora said.

      Ciora’s academic dedication have paid off for her.  She has been awarded a full Chancellor’s Scholarship by the University of Pittsburgh where she’ll be attending in the fall.  Ciora will be majoring in both computer sciences and mathematics.  As she noted, “I’m hoping to work within or do research in the field of data science with a focus on computerized education.  I’m basically talking about making online education even smarter.”