BU partners on high school STEM competition

BLOOMSBURG—  Focusing on “Improving Pennsylvania through Water: STEM in Action,” Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Regional STEM Education Center will team with Martz Technologies and Central Susquehanna Community Foundation to host the first Bloomsburg Fair STEM Competition in conjunction with the Bloomsburg Fair Association. The competition is open to participating STEM Magnet high schools.

Schools participating in the STEM competition are Berwick Area High School, Bloomsburg Area High School, Central Columbia High School, Milton High School, Midd-West High School, Montgomery Area High School, Shikellamy High School, and Warrior Run Area High School

Each school will be allowed one team of five students. Teams will research, present and design a project that is capable of improving the quality of life for Pennsylvanians by incorporating water. Teams will be provided a $250 stipend to help cover the cost of supplies needed to build their project.

Students will present their project and explain the practical applications of their device to a panel of distinguished judges from industries, academia and government.

The judges’ panel will be composed of Gregory Martz, President of Martz Technologies, Deb Templeton, Chief of Systems Care Support, Geisinger, Judd R. Pittman, Special Consultant to the PA Secretary of Education STEM, Dr. Robert Albertson, Board Member of Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, and Dr. Robert Aronstam, Dean of Bloomsburg University’s College of Science and Technology.

Projects from all participating teams will be on exhibit in the Technology Building at the Bloomsburg Fair during fair week. The school with the winning project will receive $10,000 to support its STEM program.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.