Eight different Delaware students finished in the top 10 of 10 different competitions at this year’s national STEM conference in Dallas.
Overall, 103 Delaware students competed in the event, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The events included computer-aided design, dragster design, leadership strategies, manufacturing prototype, on-demand video, promotional graphics, structural engineering, system control technology, video game design, website design, engineering inventions and innovations, and a slew of other challenges.
First State success
Delaware students who finished in the top 10 weres:
- 1st place – Alexandra McWatters (Newark Charter School) finished first in the Essays on Technology competition.
- 3rd place – Leana Griffin (Newark Charter School) finished third in the Computer Aided Design (CAD) Engineering competition.
- 4th place – Sudipa Chowdhury (Newark Charter School) finished fourth in the Forensic Technology competition.
- 5th place – Tyler Selden (H.B. duPont Middle School) finished fifth in the Cybersecurity competition.
- 7th place – Niranjana Kumar (Cab Calloway School of The Arts) finished seventh in the Biotechnology competition.
- 8th place – Sudipa Chowdhury (Newark Charter School) finished eighth in the Prepared Speech competition.
- 9th place – Ava Skye Barton (Cab Calloway School of The Arts) finished ninth in the Scientific Visualization competition.
- 9th place – Borislav Hristov (Cab Calloway School of The Arts) finished ninth in the STEM Animation competition.
- 10th place – Amogh Dattatri (H.B. duPont Middle School) finished tenth in the Foundations of Information Technology competition.
- 10th place – Ava Skye Barton (Cab Calloway School of The Arts) finished tenth in the On Demand Video competition.
The eight students weren’t the only Delaware winners at this year’s competition.
Other highlights from the National STEM Conference
- Samhitha Vallury (MOT Charter School) was elected to serve as the national secretary for the Technology Student Association.
- Samra Iqbal (Caesar Rodney High School) was elected to serve as the national reporter for Technology Student Association.
- Chris Meanor (Newark Charter School) was recognized as High School Advisor of the Year.
- Gail Morris (Gauger-Cobbs Middle School) was recognized as Middle School Advisor of the Year.
The five-day event ended June 30 and was hosted by the Technology Student Association, an organization of students interested in the future of invention, innovation, engineering and technology.
Jarek Rutz can be reached by email at [email protected] or by phone at (215) 450-9982. Follow him on Twitter @jarekrutz and on LinkedIn.
Raised in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Jarek earned a B.A. in journalism and a B.A. in political science from Temple University in 2021. After running CNN’s Michael Smerconish’s YouTube channel, Jarek became a reporter for the Bucks County Herald before joining Delaware LIVE News.
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