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last updated: Sun, Apr 13th, 2014

Competition Team Shines Again

Advisors Beth Cohen and Nick Cutro (far right) stand proudly with the team after yet another round of successes

After January's success at the regional tournament, the MOMS Science/Technology Competition Team shined yet again at the Technology Student Association New Jersey State Conference held March 26 at The College of New Jersey.

Students showcased their skills and knowledge in a variety of competitive STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) events.

The team took home eleven trophies with the following students placing in their events:

"Agriculture and Biotechnology:" Aash Bhuva and Aum Bhuva – 2nd place

"Challenging Technology Issues:" Maddie Jordan, Brandon Mai, Justin Mickus, & Varshitha Devagiri – 1st place

"Construction Challenge:" Eli Gabriel and Brandon Mai – 2nd place

"Digital Photography:" Dana Faustino – 3rd place

"Energy Sources:" Eli Gabriel, Justin Mickus, & Alexandra Szewc – 1st place

"Geospatial Technology:" Aash Bhuva and Aum Bhuva – 3rd place

"Medical Technology Issues:" Jean Nie and Alexandra Szewc – 3rd place

"Prepared Speech:" Justin Mickus – 2nd place

"Tech Bowl:" Aum Bhuva, Kyara Chaparro, & Viktor Nakev – 3rd place

"Technical Design:" Aash Bhuva and Aum Bhuva – 3rd place

"Video Game Design:" Brandon Mai, John Nguyen, Viktor Nakev, & Stephen Shenassa – 3rd place

District to offer summer science camp

This summer, something bold and imaginative is coming to Mount Olive. The district will introduce Innovation Station, a two-week-long program that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Designed for students in grades 1–8, Innovation Station features hands-on learning in various topics ranging from CSI-style investigative technology and kite flying that teaches the fundamentals of flight, to rocketry and robotics.

“STEM isn’t the future, it’s the present,” said Dr. Larrie Reynolds, Superintendent of Schools. “Innovation Station will teach students the principles of STEM and also show how fun they are to apply. The goal is to inspire kids to explore their scientific interests and expand their curiosity. More and more careers will involve STEM and this program will help better prepare students for the world that they’ll live in as adults.”

The program will run from July 28 to August 8 at Mount Olive Middle School. Tuition is $200 per week and includes free transportation for Mount Olive students. Before and afterschool care will be available through the Mount Olive Child Care and Learning Center at an additional cost.

"STEM is the future for our economy and we need to encourage students to think, explore, and create within these subjects," said Peter Hughes, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. "I'd love to take all the workshops myself. Who doesn't want to fly a drone or launch a rocket?"

For more information and to register, go to http://www.mtoliveboe.org/summercamp.

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