BAYONNE, NJ - Students from three Bayonne schools were honored for awards they received this year at scientific research in the Bayonne High School STEM Academy.

Project Innovate - Explore, Research, Discover, is a new STEM based research program geared towards middle school students. Each elementary school selected a team of students to work in the STEM Academy laboratories on a research question that was of personal interest to the team. Students then designed an experiment and collected scientific data to test their question throughout the summer. Finally, the teams competed in a district-wide team competition earlier in the school year.

The gold medal went to a team from Nicholas Oresko Community School for a project called “AI: Facial Recognition and the Text Generation.” The students were Preksha Agarwal, Benjamin Kulik, and Nofer Tadros. Their advisor was Barbara DeBenedictis.

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The silver medal went to a team made up of Naila Martinez, Avery Morales, and Nelina Flores, all from Philip V. Vroom School. Advised by Kim Simko, their project, “Social Media Affecting Your Confidence,” examined the impact on social media in students' lives. 

“Energy Harvesting: Harnessing Energy from Vibrational Motion,” an experiment by Bianca DelRosario, Maureen Hanna, and Daniel Santos, also from Nicholas Oresko Community School, and advised by Barbara DeBenedictis, took the bronze medal.

Seeking to eliminate a recurring tragedy, was a team from Washington Community School and their project entitled “Baby on Board: How Can Hot Car Deaths Be Prevented?” The work by Gabriela Henao, Carley Lin, and Adrian Pardo, and advisor was Rose Abeal, was recognized for an honorable mention.

These winning teams will represent the Bayonne School District at the Jersey City / Barnabas Health STEM Showcase later this year.

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