"I feel very proud to be recognized on a national scale for my design, especially since I put a lot of hard work into it," Corrette tells Future Engineers. "More importantly, though, even though this was a competition, every participant was working towards the same goal. In that sense, I liked feeling as if we were all on the same team." Corrette almost wasn't a part of that team though. He tells Popular Science that he heard about the competition from his uncle, who overheard a conversation about it in a Starbucks in Arizona. After hearing about it, Corrette taught himself how to design 3D models, entered the competition, and won.