A Southern Columbia Area High School STEM team consisting of  Noah Carl, Tyler Keiser, Thomas Marinelli, Elyse Noll, and Conner Swank placed second in the Governor’s Jobs1st STEM Competition. Teams of students from local high schools were charged with presenting devices and ideas on how to improve the quality of life for citizens of Pennsylvania during the Governor's PA STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) competition at the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU). To prepare for the competition, students selected a real-world problem, conducted research, designed and built a device or prototype and submitted a written proposal that described the problem, identified community needs and conveyed the use of engineering processes and principles.
 
Southern Columbia Area's STEM team sought to prevent freezing on bridges. A solution proposed by the team "would not only improve the lives of drivers who commute to work and school, but also extend the life of bridges." They consulted with staff from Swank and Son Well Drilling, of Bloomsburg, and brainstormed ideas on how to prevent freezing on bridges. After testing multiple ideas and models, they discovered that running heat tape through the top layer of concrete would heat the bridge and melt snow and ice.
 
Teams were scored on written and verbal communication, creativity, teamwork, collaboration, ingenuity and problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The CSIU was one of 20 intermediate units that hosted a regional STEM Competition. Competition judges included the director of engineering from Thermal Product Solutions (New Columbia), professors and faculty from Bloomsburg University and Bucknell University, and CSIU staff members.
 
 
 
Watch Southern Columbia Area High School's STEM team explain their solution to prevent freezing on bridges.

 

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