STEAM Competition Champions

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Due to their vast efforts in showing care for the environment, four Babylon Junior-Senior High School students enrolled in the school’s STEAM program secured the first-place title at the high school level in EmPower Solar’s semiannual Student Solar Competition.

Under the guidance of STEAM teacher Mary-Beth Schappert, students Haylie Kelly, Jenna Petraitis, Alessandra Van Rossem and Iqra Yousef, otherwise known as “Beach Bums Solar Power” for the competition, completed a series of math problems to determine how much energy and money could be saved by using solar power in personal homes, small businesses and large corporations. The students went on to create a mock news video in which they described how using solar energy could directly impact the local wildlife and environment in and around the Babylon community. 

Due to their efforts, the four future engineers were presented with a $2,000 check toward scholarship funds, courtesy of representatives of EmPower Solar, and extended an opportunity to intern with engineers at EmPower Solar. 

EmPower Solar, a Long Island-based solar energy company, challenges New York State elementary, middle and high school students to participate in a multi-faceted competition that encompasses STEM and creative components on a semi-annual basis. The Babylon students competed alongside 64 teams from schools across both Long Island and New York City, and boasted ten total teams of its own.