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Mrinalini Kaul sketches the convertible shoe she designed with Teagan Mendel

Taking the STEAM Challenge

A shoe that converts from daytime wear to a flip-flop for the beach

A small, clip-on funnel that encourages re-use of single-use plastic water bottles

A pet door with a microchip reader that only opens for your own pet 

These inventions by three teams of MOMS students will be competing at the Liberty Science Center on March 14 in the regional STEAM Tank Challenge.  

The STEAM Tank Challenge program, a partnership between the New Jersey School Boards Association and the U.S. Army, challenges students to invent something new, modify an existing product, or identify a situation or problem that needs resolution. The goal of the program is to inspire students to become the next generation of entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, artists, and engineers.

The MOMS students, all in Innovation and Design classes, completed short video pitches to pass the initial screening and advance to the regionals. In their pitches they showed sketches, identified the target audience, and described how the products would be manufactured. They’re now working to hone their three to five-minute presentations that they’ll make to a panel of judges. 

This is the first year in which the school has participated in the challenge. 

“This is real-world innovation and design,” said Dr. Rebecca Kreider, the I&D teacher coordinating the school’s participation. “What the students are learning in class is directly applicable to this experience.”

Sixth-graders Mrinalini Kaul and Teagan Mendel, who designed the convertible flip-flop, found the inspiration for their product in their own lives.

“I was wearing flats that day [when we came up with the idea] and I thought it would be cool to have a shoe that could have different uses,” Mrinalini said. “And Teagan is always losing her flip-flops.”

Their slip-on shoe is designed to have a cork sole and grommets around the perimeter to snap on a variety of different fabrics.

If the teams advance beyond the regionals, they will make it into the final round and have their submissions judged at NJSBA’s annual conference in Atlantic City in mid-October.


A lesson in perseverance 

Forty students in the gifted and talented program recently volunteered at the state’s Winter Special Olympics. The seventh- and eighth-graders worked for hours in the not-so-chilly weather at the Mountain Creek Resort in Vernon, laying out courses, setting up flags and fences, scoring, and assisting in the medal ceremony. 

The students also cheered on the athletes who were participating in events such as Alpine skiing and snowshoe racing. Watching people of all ages fight to overcome physical challenges was a lesson in grit and fortitude that left an indelible impression on the students. 

“It was amazing to see their determination and perseverance,” said eighth-grader Jillian Penczak, who also volunteered last year. “Really, it’s inspirational. I got to meet some of the athletes. They want to compete just like everyone else.”

According to G&T teacher Ann Greszczak, many eighth-graders expressed interest in learning more about the opportunities at Mount Olive High School to work with students with special needs.  

“The experience at Mountain Creek is so emotional and inspirational,” said Ms. Greszcak. “I wanted my kids to see the guts of these athletes. For many, just finishing an event is a huge accomplishment to be cheered.”

Assisting with the Special Olympics is a long tradition of the G&T program. MOMS students have helped each year for nearly 20 years.

 


Students among area's best musicians

Seven Mount Olive Middle School students recently performed as part of the junior high band in the North Jersey Area Band's annual concert. The seventh- and eighth-graders were among the top musicians that auditioned from middle schools in Sussex, Morris, Passaic, and Warren counties. The students, pictured above, are Shrish Venkatesan, Eric Raddler, Gianna DeMaria, Ang Ahart, Morgan Ryerson, Shaylynn Schumacher, and Alex Massuet.

Alex, pictured below, was also chosen for the North Jersey Region Band which is composed of students in grades 7-9 from Sussex, Morris, Passaic, Warren, Essex, Bergen, and Hudson counties.

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