STEMM NEWS (2014-2015):
PHS varsity Science Olympiad: The Scrambler: https://youtu.be/cuG4_FBEiPM
Delaware Valley Science Fair
On April 2, 2015 the annual Delaware Valley Science and Engineering Fair winners were announced. This competition has been in operation since 1949 and allows for a forum of students from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey to present their scientific work, interact with scientists in their field and receive feedback for their efforts. Students are awarded scholarships, cash prizes and other non-monetary recognition for outstanding work. This competition offers almost $2,000,000 in scholarships and awards. In the individual categories, there is just one first, second, and third place award as well as some honorable mentions. There are over 1,000 amazing projects on display. Parkland, once again, represented our district with pride!
For the category awards, Parkland High School had 5 first place winners, 4 second place, and 6 honorable mentions with a total of 15 students. For Springhouse Middle School there were 3 second place awards, 1 third place and 3 honorable mentions for a total of 7 awards. For Orefield Middle School there were 2 first place awards and 2 honorable mentions for a total of 4 awards. Special Awards are awards in which an organization or company recognizes exceptional projects. Several of our high school students won up to $1,000! Parkland High School had 31 awards, Springhouse with 8 and Orefield with 6.
Two 9th grade students will move on to compete in the Intel International Science Fair! These students are Roy Ghosh who received a Gold Medalist Award, and Vikram Pandian who received a Bronze Medalist Award. The future of our participation and success in this competition will only get better as we have seen more and more middle school students continuing on into the high school competitions. A list of all winners can be viewed at http://www.drexel.edu/dvsf/
High School Computer Fair
Congratulations to Joseph Harps, Alyssa Tauber, Graham Burrell, and Lauren Myers for participating in the 2015 PA Regional Computer Fair. All four students placed in their categories that ranged from logo design to digital video!
Graham Burrell placed 2nd in the Digital Video category.
Alyssa Tauber placed 2nd in the Animation category.
Joseph Harps placed 3rd in the Logo design category.
And, Lauren Myers placed 1st in the Graphic Design category! Lauren will represent Parkland at the state competition in May!
Middle School Computer Fair
On March 10, Springhouse and Orefield Middle School students competed at the 15th annual Middle School Computer Fair Regional Competition. Students proudly presented projects that showed a skillful use of technology in an educational manner. They competed against a total of 163 students representing 12 districts. The results of the students who placed are:
Sriyaa Suresh – Animation
Raghav Prabakaran, Jacob Shaff – Web Page Design
William Hawley, Alex Cevicelow, Faizaan Datoo – Programming
Kacey Lo – Web Page Design
Marlorie Pierre & Jaden Miller – Graphic Design
Ben Robbins- Programming
Austin Bilous – Computer Fair Logo
Ania Dudek – Graphic Design
Rachel Keller, Shelby Staib, Stephanie Hunter – Logo Design
Michael Luciano, Valmiki Kothare, Brandon Giacobbe – Animation
The first place winners will move on to the state competition at Dickinson College in May.
Robotics Club Advances to World Competition
The Parkland High School Robotics Club competed in the Pennsylvania VEX Robotics State Championships and won the “Excellence” award, which is the highest honor in the competition. The Excellence Award is given to the top team that exemplifies excellence in building and a well-rounded VEX Robotics Program. They have qualified for the VEX World Competition on April 15-18, 2015 in Louisville, KY.
PA Junior Academy of Science Regionals Competition
On February 28th, 64 Parkland High School and 139 Middle School students attended the PJAS Regional Competition at Easton High School. This competition requires students to present an oral presentation of their science fair project to a team of judges. There were 32 first place high school winners with one student receiving a perfect score. In addition, there were 52 first place awards out of 82 Springhouse students, with 4 students receiving perfect scores and 32 first place awards out of 57 students representing Orefield Middle School, with 4 students earning a perfect score. Students who received a first place award are eligible to participate in the PJAS State Competition at Penn State Main Campus in May. You may see a list of the first place winners at http://www.parklandsciencefair.org/pjas.html.
PA STEM Competition
On Thursday, February 26th, a team of five Parkland High School students finished in 1st place at the Regional PA STEM Competition (previously the Governor STEM Challenge) hosted at CLIU with their creation of a robotic snow plow that cleans sidewalks in order to help people who can’t physically do so themselves. The competition had 3 phases which included a research paper explaining how the creation will help the PA economy, the actual creation and presentation of their prototype, and solving a team challenge on the day of the competition. The team will advance to the state competition on May 29th.
Visit to LCTI
Several Parkland Middle and High School teachers participated in Lehigh Career and Technical Institute (LCTI) STEM Day on February 24, 2015. They had a great experience visiting Rexroth Bosch and B.Braun. The teachers used the visit to bring STEMM awareness to their colleagues and students through discussions and presentations of the experience.