A team of Colonial Middle School (CMS) students placed first in "Biotechnology Design" at the 39th Technology Student Association (TSA) National Conference in Orlando, Fla. this summer. The team, comprised of Victoria Brach, Jocelyn Freed, Caroline Kay, Abby Minecci, Liza Smaliak and Arya Venkat won the event that focused on the use of bioremediation in ocean trash. In the process, microbes consume and neutralize harmful aspects of microplastics.
The CMS squad of Dhruv Agarwal, Evan Chan, Luke Gaumer, Kevin Shi, Will Stanczak and Dean Suchsland placed sixth in the "Biotechnology Design" event.
Freed, Kay, Minecci, Smaliak and Venkat also teamed to place second in "Medical Technology Issues." The team researched Bionic Skin, which can be used to aid burn victims and people with prosthetic limbs in an attempts to give a sense of real skin.
Also for CMS, A team of Sean Beausoleil, George Clark and Nolen Morasco finished fourth in "Catapult Design", while Agarwal, Minecci and Smaliak teamed up to earn fourth place in "Construction Challenge." Also, Cayce Becker, Caitlin Dougherty and Allie Fergus teamed with Minecci and Shi to place fourth in "Website Design."
Individually, Arya Venkat placed fourth in "Essays on Technology."
High school team again dominant in engineering
Plymouth Whitemarsh High School continued its strong showing in the "Engineering Design" event. This summer, the team of Pat Corpus, Thomas Demianovich, Giancarlo Donnini, Scott Horry, Karen Minecci, Blake Rosen and Casey Sharpe won a second-place trophy.
A total of 35 Colonial School District students were among the more than 7,700 students from across the United States, Turkey, Germany and Japan who competed at the TSA national event.
The Colonial TSA Chapter will hold its annual kickoff meetingin the CMS auditorium on Monday, September 25 at 7 p.m. All interested students and parents are invited to attend.