Pennsylvania Department of Education announced winners from an all-ages STEM competition, where teams faced off to invent solutions to real-world issues.
In a press release on May 19, 2022, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) announced the winners of a STEM competition last month. STEM projects created by the students were designed and constructed to solve real-world issues. The participating teams in the competition were required to work with a member of a business, local community, or an educational figure. The entity helps the students create an authentic working experience. Students will have the opportunity to discover more about these STEM-related careers.
“This annual competition highlights the incredible work Pennsylvania’s students and educators are doing in STEM in schools across the commonwealth,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “STEM education bridges the gap between today’s learners and tomorrow’s workforce and provides them with the critical skills they’ll need for the careers of the future.”
According to the PDE, all 54 teams will bypass all regional competitions and compete directly at a state level in the STEM Competition. The teams will separate into Division 1, composed of past members, and Division 2, composed of newer competitors.
“The Pennsylvania Department of Education applauds this year’s STEM Competition winners and appreciates all of the teams that participated,” said Acting Secretary of Education Eric Hagarty. “Pennsylvania has long been seen as a national leader in STEM, and the projects entered into this year’s contest show just how talented and knowledgeable our commonwealth’s students are, no matter which school district they call home.”
According to the PDE, The winners of the 2022 Governor’s STEM competition are:
Grand Champion: Bishop Shanahan High School
1st Runner Up Fox Chapel Area High School
2nd Runner Up: Conestoga High School
3rd Runner up: Wyoming Area Secondary Center
Grand Champion: Downingtown STEM Academy
1st Runner Up: Haverford High School
2nd Runner Up: The Technical College High School at Pennock’s Bridge
3rd Runner Up: Lower Dauphin High School
According to the PDE, Pennsylvania has invested $40 million towards career and technical education and $116 million into STEM education. $20 million for PAsmart, which expands STEM and computer science education to learners of all ages, invested yearly since 2018 by the PDE.
Targeted and Advancing PAsmart grants support high-quality STEM and computer science learning and professional development opportunities in communities across Pennsylvania, including within early learning centers, libraries, out-of-school time providers, career and technical education centers, post-secondary institutions, and K-12 schools. PDE has awarded 438 PAsmart grants since the 2018-19 school year
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