Five students from Edmund W. Miles Middle School participated in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) Regional Science Bowl. Jaime Ruiz-Marcelo, Robert Caro, Casey Terbaniesingh, Andrew Abate and Fabrizio Pico led by advisor Deborah Charles, arrived to the competition a day in advance to study and practice for the fast-paced academic tournament.
During the day-long competition against high school students from across the island, the students were asked advanced placement level questions on a variety of topics, including mathematics, energy, astronomy, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics and life science. “It required a lot of hard work and critical thinking,” said one student.
The quintet was the youngest competing team but impressively took third place; a true testament to the tremendous amount of effort, dedication and commitment the team put forth.
The students will enroll in a Science Bowl prep class next school year in preparation for the semi-finals in March 2014. The course, as well as the competition, will provide them with the opportunity to embrace science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies as a primer for collegiate success and future careers in these fields.
Edmund W. Miles Middle School principal Dr. Michele Darby (left) and Ms. Charles are seen congratulating Andrew, Casey, Robert, and Jamie. Fabrizo is absent from the photo.