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Towanda named the victor of Governor’s STEM Competition hosted by Lycoming College

Towanda named the victor of Governor’s STEM Competition hosted by Lycoming College

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Working with BLaST Intermediate Unit 17, Lycoming College played host to the Governor’s STEM Competition for students in grades 9-12 from Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga counties. Lycoming College congratulates Towanda Area School District for its winning presentation.

The Towanda Area School District’s team, consisting of sophomores, John Schoonover and Hannah Ryck, and seniors Noah Poll and Kaigan Stroop, was led by advisor Jonathan Sayre. With their winning project, “The Snow Buggy,” a robotic shoveling device for clearing snow during the winter months, the team will advance to the state-level competition in May.

The Governor's annual STEM Competition challenges student teams from across Pennsylvania to research, design, and present an idea that can improve quality of life better for Pennsylvanians using only a $500 stipend to design and build a device. The event, consisting of team presentations and a ceremony announcing the winners, took place in Lycoming College’s Keiper Recreation Center.

Lycoming College will also host BLaST IU 17’s K’Nex Competition on March 26, and Media Day and Design on May 5.

Created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1971, BLaST Intermediate Unit 17 is an educational service agency meeting the needs of Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties. Serving 19 public schools, two career centers and 12 non-public schools, BLaST’s vision is to transform lives and communities through educational services. These services are organized into four major divisions: Student Services, Educational Planning, Technology, and Management Services. In partnership with Educational Staffing Solutions (ESS), BLaST employs approximately 339 staff with a majority of staff working in the division of Student Services providing early intervention and school-age special education services.