Trophies Stacking Up For MOMS Science Team

The science/technology team at Mt. Olive Middle School is on a role this year completing yet another competition with successful results.

Almost a dozen trophies were won Friday, March 26, by MOMS students who competed at the Technology Student Association NJ State Conference at the College of New Jersey in Ewing. About 20 students have been working hard all year on various problem solving, critical thinking and research hands-on and group activities for the MOMS Science Olympiad/TSA Team.

After placing fourth overall at a recent Science Olympiad Regional Tournament in Newark, the team now brings home 11 trophies from the TSA conference.  Their advisors/coaches are very proud.

“The energy at the award ceremony was incredible with the kids cheering and high-fiving their teammates,” says Beth Cohen, Synergistics/Robotics Club/TSA advisor. “Seeing the excitement on the faces of our students when they heard their names announced was very rewarding to us as coaches. It was nice to see all the time and effort they had put into their projects finally pay off.”

Led by Cohen and her co-advisor Nick Cutro, 20 MOMS students- with 10 eighth graders and 10 seventh graders- competed against 17 other middle schools in various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) events at a very competitive TSA conference.

Out of those events, 11 trophies were brought home from the MOMS students placing in their events.

Aash Bhuva and Aum Bhuva took second place in the Agriculture and Biotechnology event in which participants had to conduct research on a contemporary agriculture or biotechnology issue of their choosing, document their research and create a display.

Maddie Jordan, Brandon Mai, Justin Mickus and Varshitha Devagiri won first place in the Challenging Technology Issues event in which the students had to prepare and deliver an extemporaneous debate style presentation with team members explaining opposing views of a current technology issue.

Eli Gabriel and Brandon Mai took home a second place trophy for the Construction Challenge in which they had to submit a display that documents the use of their leadership and technical skills to fulfill a community need related to construction.

Dana Faustino won third place for Digital Photography in which he had to produce an album of color or black and white digital photographs that represent or relate to a chosen theme and place the album on a storage device for submission.

Eli Gabriel, Justin Mickus and Alexandra Szewc won first place for the Energy Sources event requiring them to conduct research on an energy source selected from one of three areas and develop marketing pieces that will be used to help convince their local government officials and citizens to make strides to implement the energy source.

Aash Bhuva and Aum Bhuva got third place for Geospatial Technology to explore and gain an understanding of how geospatial data and related technology are used to prepare a profile of a geographic area of interest and solve a problem in a spatial context.

Jean Nie and Alexandra Szewc won third place for Medical Technology Issues in which they had toconduct research on a contemporary medical technology issue of their choosing, document their research and create a display.

Justin Mickus won second place for the Prepared Speech event in which he had to   develop and deliver an oral presentation that reflects the theme of the current year’s national conference.

Aum Bhuva, Kyara Chaparro and Viktor Nakev won third place for Tech Bowl, requiring them to complete a written objective examination to qualify for the oral question/response, head-to-head team competition phase of the event.

Aash Bhuva and Aum Bhuva won third place for Technical Design, and had to demonstrate the ability to use the technical design process to solve an engineering design problem.

Brandon Mai, John Nguyen, Viktor Nakev and Stephen Shenassa won third place for Video Game Design. They had to develop an interesting, exciting, visually appealing and intellectually challenging E-rated, interactive game that focuses on the subject of their choice.

The MOMS team’s next goal is to compete against teams from across the nation at the TSA National Conference in Washington, D.C. from June 27 to July 1.



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Cheryl Conway

Cheryl Conway has been a freelance writer for the past 17 years, covering a wide range of topics filled with details. She has B.S. degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a minor in English. You can find her on Facebook

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