Solutions from Would-Be Engineers
Each year the Future City competition challenges middle school students to put their science, technology, engineering and math skills to work by presenting them with an engineering problem to solve. The students must research the problem, devise a solution and build a scale model of their design using recycled materials, which they present at the competition.
The theme of this year’s contest was, “Rethink Runoff: Design Clean Solution to Manage Stormwater Pollution.”
Nerocity: Jackie Gelman, Sophie Kushner and Arya Mirchandani won 3rd place overall. They were awarded a $1,000 grant for HMS, Kindle Fires, and 3rd place medals.
The FemGineers was created by teacher Kenneth Zushma to encourage Heritage girls in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) related fields.
Gender inequity has been a growing subject in America's schools. This is most evident in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. But the FemGineers has helped provide a solution to the gender inequity in mathematics and science classes. The number of FemGineers has jumped 500 percent. A teenage girl in Livingston is not only encouraged to take the higher level mathematics and science classes when they get to high school, but they know they will be in class with other like-minded females.