Middle school students in Montclair receive recognition in Girls' International STEM Competition

Middle school students in Montclair receive recognition in Girls’ International STEM Competition

Seven students from Montclair Middle School have received awards in the 2022 ProjectCSGIRLS Middle School Girls Competition, an international technology and computer science competition, for their projects focused on finding solutions to social problems.

The virtual hackathon asks students to “BCreate something using computer science and technology that can help solve an impending social problem under one of four themes – global health, a safer world, smart technology, and closing inequalities,” ProjectCSGIRLS website says.

Students created their projects during the 2021-22 school year under the direction of Daniel Taylor, club organizer and STEM coordinator at Buzz Aldrin Middle School, Montclair High School seniors Ede Koehlert and Sylvie Wurmser, According to a region press release.

Koehlert and Wurmser Fourth place in the world in the 2019 competition for They invented a sensor that goes over the handlebars to detect potholes and fallen trees and alert the cyclist

“We are very proud of all the middle school students who have devoted so much time and effort to researching the unique project,” Taylor said in the statement.

Each student or group submitted a three- to five-minute video clip and a 10-page official document for the competition, depending on the district’s version.

Charlotte Wurmser, an eighth-grader at Buzz Aldrin and younger sister of Sylvie Wurmser, has been a finalist in the 2022 competition for her project, “The Earth Cycle.” The project focuses on turning exercise into energy – capturing energy from pedaling on a stationary bike for use in the community.

The stationary bike will be connected to a motor that acts as a generator and a lithium battery attached to the wall, According to Charlotte’s contest video. A digital voltmeter will show how many volts have been produced, and send the information through an Arduino Uno, a microcontroller board, and then to a phone app via a Bluetooth transmitter. People could then see how much energy they were producing while cycling.

“I created The Earth Cycle not only for cleaner air but also as an incentive to ride a bike,” Charlotte said in the video. “I hope to make the world a cleaner place and it all starts with one person doing one job.”

Six semi-finalists were also selected for the 2022 competition.

Sarah Mevan, a seventh grade student at Al-Nahda School at Rand Middle School, won recognition for her project called JORD, an app that “focuses on education and promotion of trash cleanup,” According to her competition video.

Through the app, teachers can register students or classes to keep track of their trash collection. Students will earn points for collecting, and the points are then converted into money that is donated to iMentor, a nonprofit organization that brings mentors together with high school students who plan to apply to college.

Through the app, users can also enter their zip code to see which plastics can be recycled in their area.

“As much as Jord is focused on promoting trash cleanup, we are taking a grassroots approach to this issue,” Sarah said in the video. “We give back to our community and help the planet at the same time.”

Samaara Navani and Aaria Shah, 8th graders at Buzz Aldrin, signed up for their “EZ Lunchtime” project, and were also shortlisted for the semi-finalists.

In the video, Arya said EZ Lunchtime is a site that “provides healthy, affordable lunches for kids.” Lunches, including a main meal, a nutritious snack, a snack and a children’s toy, will be placed in recyclable bags and shipped to the subscriber’s door.

“School meals are colorless, nutritionally insufficient, and unpleasant to eat,” Samara said in the competition video for the husband. “We took our own experiences as young teenagers and created a website prototype related to kids like us.”

Subscribers will be able to choose from a variety of meal packages or create their own packages to cater to allergies or diets, and can choose to include a note at lunch addressed to their child’s name. The site will source food from a farm to ensure food safety and organic sourcing.

Final honors in the semi-finals were given to a trio of Buzz Aldrin students, Bowen Brownstein, Samantha Leftwich and Ella Reynolds, for their project titled “International Education Organization”. Bowen, Samantha and Ella are now in eighth grade.

Education International will be a non-profit organization dedicated to helping students obtain free online education. The IEO website will be used to “educate children and give them a fair chance of obtaining a quality education,” Ella said in the group competition video.

Students will be able to choose a grade-appropriate curriculum, with subjects including math, geography, and physical education. The curriculum also includes a games and prizes section in order to keep students engaged.

“With games and prizes, it is very important to have them because they give students a reason to stay motivated and keep learning,” Ella said in the video. “It can be hard to stay motivated and keep learning if no one really tells you to do that because we are a website.”

Students will never be charged for lessons, which will be paid for through individual and corporate investments.

The district statement says the ProjectCSGirls Club is open to new participants. For more information, contact Taylor at dtaylor@mpsdnj.us.

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