Stars of STEM Found in South Huntington

The Gold Award of Excellence went to the Silas Wood team. Second row left; South Huntington STEM Coach Mari Scardapane, second row right: Silas Wood teacher Ms. Natalie Miller, and, not in photographic order Silas Wood students:  Samantha Carey, April Farrell, Jeremy Forman, Meghan Brady Fuchsman, Stephen Hong, Gretel Huber, Daniel Kulesa, Aidan Luebker, Emily Murphy, Joshua Muellers, Emily Perez, Connor Rankel, Logan Slansky, Fiona Smith, and Ryan Wittleder.
The Gold Award of Excellence went to the Silas Wood team. Second row left; South Huntington STEM Coach Mari Scardapane, second row right: Silas Wood teacher Ms. Natalie Miller, and, not in photographic order Silas Wood students: Samantha Carey, April Farrell, Jeremy Forman, Meghan Brady Fuchsman, Stephen Hong, Gretel Huber, Daniel Kulesa, Aidan Luebker, Emily Murphy, Joshua Muellers, Emily Perez, Connor Rankel, Logan Slansky, Fiona Smith, and Ryan Wittleder.
The Silver Award of Excellence went to the Stimson Middle School team. Left to right: Stimson Principal Mr. Edwin Smith, students Lauren Dooley, Katie Latko, and Justin Wallace, and Science chair Mr. Marcus Maddy.
The Silver Award of Excellence went to the Stimson Middle School team. Left to right: Stimson Principal Mr. Edwin Smith, students Lauren Dooley, Katie Latko, and Justin Wallace, and Science chair Mr. Marcus Maddy.
So if you’re wondering what is the Long Island STEM Hub? Additional information can be found at: http://www.listemhub.org
So if you’re wondering what is the Long Island STEM Hub? Additional information can be found at: http://www.listemhub.org
The Walt Whitman STEM team led by Ms. Annmarie Gephardt, includes: Jade Darrow, Connor Galvin, George Marr, Bradley Roff, Nicole Rowe, Kelly Rydberg, Kira Sansone, Gary Harris, and Misha Patel.
The Walt Whitman STEM team led by Ms. Annmarie Gephardt, includes: Jade Darrow, Connor Galvin, George Marr, Bradley Roff, Nicole Rowe, Kelly Rydberg, Kira Sansone, Gary Harris, and Misha Patel.
Silas Wood 6th grader Daniel Kulesa, was a panel hit, generating an exciting interaction between students and the business community.
Silas Wood 6th grader Daniel Kulesa, was a panel hit, generating an exciting interaction between students and the business community.
Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacci Harris, right in photo, joins the Silas Wood team at their presentations, prior to the judging.
Deputy Superintendent Ms. Jacci Harris, right in photo, joins the Silas Wood team at their presentations, prior to the judging.

The Long Island STEM Hub celebrated their second anniversary on April 9 at the Cradle of Aviation, and South Huntington’s STEM/STEAM program took a big step forward. The morning began with our Silas Wood, Stimson, and Walt Whitman students exhibiting projects reflecting this year’s theme: "Reconstruction and Resiliency."

Mr. John Cameron, president of Cameron Engineering, was proud to present a Gold Award of Excellence to the Silas Wood team and a Silver Award of Excellence to our Stimson team for their innovative projects capturing the essence of reconstruction and resiliency on Long Island after Superstorm Sandy.

Later in the program, there was a spirited panel discussion about the partnership between Long Island's business community and its students. Moderated by Kenneth White from Brookhaven National Laboratory, the discussion had the tables turned when a sixth grader took over the microphone. Our new moderator engaged Mr. White in a discussion about what students need to know about STEM careers and the education they need in order to be at the forefront of career demands now and in the future 

We could have another Johnny Carson in the making at Silas Wood. The fact that he was celebrating his twelfth birthday didn’t slow Daniel Kulesa down for a second as he had the audience laughing and Mr. White searching his past for his own road traveled.

It was a great day for STEM on Long Island as students, educators, and business leaders laid new groundwork for the burgeoning career needs in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.