Eight New Providence High school students, and nine New Providence Middle school students participated in the National TSA (Technology Student Association) conference in Atlanta, GA which took place June 22-25, 2018. The high school team competed at the 9th-10th grade level in the TEAMS competition. They ranked third in their problem-solving challenge (winning a trophy) and ninth in their digital media submission out of 55 teams. The middle school consisted of two teams and placed second in the nation in the Test of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics and Science competition, and placed in the top 10 out of 35 teams for their digital media presentation.
Some members of the high school team had previously attended the 2016 TSA National conference in Nashville as middle school students and were happy to qualify again as high school students. The state qualification round was held in March at NJIT. Both middle and high school students participated in the TEAMS (Tests of Engineering Aptitude, Mathematics, and Science) competition which is a series of engineering based assessments. This competition incorporated a design and build activity, test, and an essay at the state level.
The national competition consisted of three parts – a digital media (video) promoting an engineering consulting firm that specializes in promoting a sustainable future, a prepared presentation [poster and five-minute oral presentation] on an innovation in transportation infrastructure based on sustainable criteria and then a 90-minute problem-solving challenge.
The High school team consisted of sophomores: Antonios Christidis, Shawnak Deb, Alec Fox, Jonathon Laberov, Kedhar Narayan, Sahana Narayan and freshmen: Sid Bansal and Evelyn Voss. The Middle school team consisted of Christina Alexandrov, Silvia Arjona, Adelene Chan, Soumil Maini, Amaia Abad Oviedo, Abigail Quiros, Riya Tadi, Caden Xu, and Cameron Xu. The high school students were coached by Angela Egnozzi, New Providence High School Mathematics teacher and parents. The middle school students were coached by Adele Tenore, advisor to the middle school STEM club.