Innovative Middle and High School Students Work to Make a Difference
Jan 24, 2020 | Atlanta, GA
The Georgia Tech Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics, and Computing (CEISMC) will host the 2020 Honeywell STEM Challenge Showcase and Awards Ceremony at the Georgia Tech Student Center on January 29th, 2020.
The challenge for Metro Atlanta middle and high school students is to design a technology-based solution to a problem in their home, school, or community. This year's theme is disaster preparedness and response. 25 student finalist teams accompanied by their teachers will showcase their solutions. A public viewing of the showcase will be held between 10:20 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
After the showcase and judging session, the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony. STEM Challenge winners will give brief presentations that provided an overview of their projects. Winners will receive a trophy, and first place winners will receive Micro:Bits microcontrollers to encourage further exploration in STEM.
The Honeywell STEM Challenge is a component of the STEM Teacher Leadership Program (STLP) at Georgia Tech sponsored by Honeywell. STLP is an innovative initiative in software engineering and computing training that provides advanced teaching techniques to middle and high school teachers. Teachers participate in an intensive 4-week summer professional development at Georgia Tech, focusing on computer science principles.
“This program has very much exceeded our expectations. The energy of the teachers and the creativity of the students is so impressive. It is fascinating to see the innovative solutions they pose to address society’s most pressing problems,” said Lizanne DeStefano, executive director of CEISMC.
The teachers are paired with a mentor from Honeywell to provide continued guidance and support throughout the school year. Select alumni teachers are invited back for additional professional development aimed at increasing the depth of Computer Science knowledge and preparing them to become CS certified. These alumni serve as mentor teachers for future STLP cohorts.
This year’s Honeywell STEM Challenge finalist projects include:
“The Kidnapper Bookbag” - Hollis Innovation Academy
“Sex Trafficking Belt Alert” - Booker T. Washington High
“Street Smart Walk Home” - Benjamin Mays High School
“Tackling Obesity with the Micro:Bit” - BEST Academy
“Fight Alert” - BEST Academy
“Trip Wire” - BEST Academy
“Neighborhood Connect” - BEST Academy
“Baby Bath Safety Tub” - Mundy’s Mill Middle School
“Find My Dog” - Mundy’s Mill Middle School
“Safe Walk Armband” - Mundy’s Mill Middle School
“Hearing Impaired Home Systems” - Lovejoy High School
“Survival Food Dispenser” - Smitha Middle School
“Smart Vest” - Smitha Middle School
“Food Protection” - Chamblee Charter High School
“F.A.S.T. Fire and Safety Technology” - Chamblee Charter High School
“Wind Speed Monitor” - Arabia Mountain High School
“The Disaster Tracker” - Arabia Mountain High School
“Safe Exit Light” - Tucker High School
“Disaster Communication Pendant” - Duluth Middle School
“Kidalert” - Duluth Middle School
“The Glowing Guide” - Duluth Middle School
“Pipeline Addition” - Sweetwater Middle School
“MicroBird: Air” - Trickum Middle School
“Micro:Bit Seed” Vault Defender - Trickum Middle School
“Survival Countdown” - Trickum Middle School