Academy students on winning team in global STEM challenge
Academy students on winning team in global
Four Edison Academy
students were part of a team that finished first in the Nokia Global STEM Innovation
The four -- Rishi Masand,
Swapnanil Deb, Meghna Mehta and Sankruth Kota – all of whom have now graduated –
were among 14 students from the academy entrepreneurship class who attended a
STEM Innovation Camp sponsored by Junior Achievement at Nokia in Murray Hill in
May. Students were tasked with creating an innovative business model for one of
Nokia’s existing products.
Passaic County Vocational
School students were mixed in with academy students in teams of six to mimic
the experience of collaborating with team members they may not know. The
winning team, including the four academy students, came up with a smart watch
that would be able to monitor and alleviate tremors.
The team then won in a
global online final challenge in June, competing against teams from
Chicago, Brazil, Belgium, Spain, Finland and Israel.
Rishi and Sankruth are
headed for the University of Illinois in the fall, while Swapnanil will attend
Rutgers University, and Meghna will go to Barnard College.