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Engineering Students, along with Mr. Fleming and Mr. Reed, Win State Level of Samsung Competition

Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy has been named one of 15 national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Collegiate Academy was selected from more than 3,100 applicants nationwide. As a national finalist and Pennsylvania state winner, Collegiate Academy will receive $35,000 in technology.
On March 18, math teacher James Fleming and science teacher Peter Reed will present their project to a live panel of judges in New York City. Three grand prize winners will be chosen by the panel; a fourth will be chosen by Samsung employees; and a fifth, the Community Choice Award winner, will be determined by public online voting. Voting will begin on Monday, March 2. There will be a link on the Collegiate Academy website. The five grand-prize winners will receive an estimated $120,000 in technology.
Students in Mr. Reed's engineering class, under his and Mr. Fleming's guidance, designed and submitted a STEM-driven project to design and construct vertical-farming apparatus to supply food for the school and community. The students took the following steps:
  • researching local community hunger and vertical farming to develop a plan and illustration for a vertical farm
  • developing a small scale model that brings the illustration to life and overcomes obstacles along the way
  • creating a full-size model while minimizing production costs and maximizing harvest, then facilitate a trial period (growing season)
Each school submitted a video outlining each national finalist's lesson plan. You can view Collegiate Academy's video on YouTube
The following students are involved in the project:
  • James Blanchard
  • Julie Celidonia
  • Andrew Frost
  • Emma Frost
  • Karam Ghazalah
  • Anthony Hall
  • Madison Heeter
  • Dan Liska
  • Semir Memic
  • Andrew Olon-Adamowicz
  • Luke Scypinski
  • Jordan Sigmund
  • Carine Swanson
  • Steven Vecchi
  • Ronnie Yosten
The 15 national finalists will travel to New York City to present their projects to a panel of live judges on Mar.18 at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Five grand-prize national winners will then be selected and honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in April, where they will also have the opportunity to meet their Congressional representatives.