Everett High School’s STEM Club advisor and an Ivy League-bound senior briefed the School Committee on the growth and success of the organization, including its participation in the 2018 Ten80 National STEM League Championships at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Science teacher Anna Seiders and senior Jason Cardinale, who will attend Columbia in the fall, gave a detailed reporting of the club’s performance and experience on the campus of RPI in Troy, NY, which has hosted the Ten80 national championships for two consecutive years. During the competition, middle and high school students from across the country participating in race engineering, coding and automation, design and fabrication, graphic design, marketing, community outreach and data-driven design projects, have won the right to compete in the national competition.
Everett entered three different teams in the competition, two remote-control race car teams — the Crimson Bolt and the Everett Edge — and the Everett Iciers, a rover/robotics team.
The race car teams engineer cars that are fast, stable, and efficient. Like professional race teams, Student Racing Challenge teams must also have a strong R&D focus (Data-Driven Design and MODS), marketing strategy and work toward becoming leaders in their communities. At RPI, the Bolt won first place in the Community Leadership division and second in Engineering Design.
In the Rover Challenge, students engineer a robust machine that can repetitive — and sometimes dangerous — jobs, and to think innovatively about how these emerging technologies can improve our communities. The Iciers finished third overall, captured first-place honors in the Rover/Robotics category, and came in second in Community Leadership.
Overall, the STEM Club is gaining in popularity and intensity. Seiders told the Committee members that the students relish the high-energy competitions and are setting higher goals all the time. More importantly, the club continues to attract a larger and diverse membership, including several young women.
Seiders said two of the primary goals for the 2018-19 school year are for students to enter a team in the Ten80 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (a.k.a. Drones) competition, and for the club to build on its partnership with community mentors like the Mystic Mentors from Exelon Generation and Joe Warrino and the professionals at NOW Intelligence.