Help PaliHi Win $15,000

By Laurel Busby
Staff Writer

Palisades Charter High School could win $15,000 if enough votes are cast at

At minimum, the school will receive $1,500 and a selection of tools for being named one of ten finalists for the Find Your Fire Community Grants program, which recognizes community-minded maker projects that use a hand-held torch. Votes can be cast until Dec. 31.


Donna Mandosa, PaliHi’s technology supervisor, applied for a grant to create a go-kart (or STEAMer kart) in the school’s STEAM Shop, which resides in the former auto shop that closed in the ‘80s. Students are itching to get their hands on welding equipment to begin designing and building their own vehicles, according to Bernzomatic’s website.

“They want to build a low-rider, and they want to build a food truck—both deeply Los Angeles vehicles,” their project description states. “We have new steel tubing and repurposed metal carriages that they want to update with Bernzomatic torches—heating, shaping and transforming the metal into a sturdy go-cart frame. Located in Southern California, many of our students have heard of Burning Man and want to add an art-car flair to the go-kart.”

To vote for Pali, visit the Bernzomatic grant webpage. Scroll down to click on “STEAMER KART,” which is Pali’s project page , and then click vote. The site does not ask for personal information and allows visitors to simply vote.

The three projects that receive the most votes will win $15,000, $7,500 and $5,000 respectively, while the other seven finalists will receive $1,500 each. TV home rehab expert Nicole Curtis will help “kick start” the project of the top vote-getter. All finalists will receive tools.

Winners will be announced online the week of Jan. 23.

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