PIQUA — Derek Gaier of Piqua participated in the 66th National Youth Engineering Challenge hosted Sept. 25-27, by Purdue University, in Lafayette, Ind. Gaier was part of a seven-member Ohio team and was the national winner in the Bicycle event and in the Team Engineering Bowl.
In order to qualify for this event, one has to have won their county and state competition in a 4-H STEM Project. These 4-H projects consist of Aerospace, Bicycle, Computer, Electric, Lawn Tractor, Robotics, Small Engine, Tractor, and Welding. In August, Gaier was the Miami County 4-H representative in Bicycle at the Ohio State Fair. Gaier competed in the Senior Division of Bicycle and won the Clock Trophy – 4-H’s highest award at the Ohio State Fair. By doing this, he was placed on the Ohio Engineering Team to compete at the national level in Bicycle. This national event completes Gaier’s 13-year 4-H career.
Gaier also won this year at the Ohio State Fair in his final 4-H Shooting Sport Project – Living History. He earned two Clock trophies on the same day for his Living History 4-H Project on his great-uncle who was a Vietnam veteran, and the second Clock trophy for his Shooting Sport Speech presentation, “A Day in the Life of a Vietnam Soldier.”
Gaier is a 2015 graduate of Lehman Catholic High School and currently a sophomore at Bowling Green State University studying business, as well as a cadet in BGSU Army ROTC’s program.
Gaier is a member of Families Are Forever 4-H Club and the Miami County 4-H Trapshooting Club. He is the son of Dan and Deb Gaier of Piqua, and his grandparents are Art and Evelyn Gaier of Versailles, and Urban Zumberger and the late Marlene Zumberger, also of Versailles.