2 High Tech freshmen win national STEM competition, will take home $10k each in bonds


Two High Tech High School freshmen recently won a national STEM competition, taking home $10,000 each in savings bonds.

From left to right: NSTA Executive Director Dr. Erika Shugart, Romayssae Saidi, Ambika Rao, Team Advisor Shelly Witham, U.S. Army DEVCOM Commanding General Major General Edmond Brown, U.S. Army Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army Director for Technology Jeffrey D. Singleton. Photo courtesy of eCYBERMISSION.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The eCYBERMISSION contest is sponsored by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and administered by the National Science Teaching Association.

Busy Bee Tech studied and determined the necessary components of a smart beehive system to optimize colony health. The team is comprised of students Ambika Rao and Romayssae Saidi and led by Team Advisor Shelly Witham.

“The U.S. Army prides itself on values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. In dedicating their time, energy, and minds to addressing problems that they see in their communities, these students have shown a true dedication to these values,” AEOP Cooperative Agreement Manager Christina Weber said in a statement.

“Congratulations to this year’s eCYBERMISSION National Winners. We are excited to see how they continue to use their talents to create a better Nation through STEM.”

The math competition for grades 6 through 9 was hosted in Washington, D.C. on June 30th.

“The STEM projects presented this year by these imaginative teams provide true solutions to many of the challenges our communities are facing,” added NSTA Executive Director Erika Shugart.

“Congratulations to the National Winners and their Team Advisors on their outstanding projects that represent the kind of collaboration, creativity, and ingenuity that not only benefits the community, but also inspires other students who see that they can be problem solvers too.”

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