Boyertown Technology and Engineering Students Compete


[Editor's Note -- Article based on information shared by the Boyertown Area School District.]

Recently in Harrisburg, five Boyertown Area Senior High (BASH) Technology and Engineering students competed at the Governor's Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) Competition Finals against the top 20 high schools across Pennsylvania. This year's theme was "Improving Pennsylvania Through STEM."

The Pennsylvania Department of Education describes,  "The Governor's STEM Competition challenges student teams from across the state to research, design, and present a device or project that can make the quality of life better for Pennsylvanians by accomplishing a series of practical tasks that can fulfill real-world needs." The competition is open to students in grades 9 through 12 who attend any type of school or are home schooled in the state.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, "STEM is an integrated, interdisciplinary, and student-centered approach to learning that encourages curiosity, creativity, artistic expression, collaboration, communication, problem solving, critical thinking, and design thinking." 

Those who competed from BASH shared that the day was highlighted by great networking opportunities, the chance to meet the Secretary of Education for the state of PA, and the chance to show and explain their work to all of the advisors, students, guests, and judges in attendance.

 The BASH STEM team was comprised of senior Allyson Bosler and juniors Ally Hadfield, Grace Gibbins, Eryn Drobins, and Olivia Norris. The BASH team won a "People's Choice Award" for Medical Marvels - Best Project in the Field of Medicine.

The BASH STEM team also won third Place in the overall judged Governor's STEM Competition for Division 1, which was the top difficulty division at the competition. 

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