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Briarcliff Middle School Science, Engineering Team Earns First Prize

Briarcliff Middle School students recently placed fist during the Westchester Engineering Expo at White Plains High School.
Briarcliff Middle School students recently placed fist during the Westchester Engineering Expo at White Plains High School. Photo Credit: Briarcliff Middle School

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- The Briarcliff Middle School Science and Engineering Team recently earned a first-place finish at the Westchester Engineering Expo at White Plains High School.

“The kids did a fantastic job of making a machine out of toys that opened an umbrella in 11 steps,” said SET team advisor Jodi Shearer.

The team competed in the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest (Division II, Middle School Level) and accepted their first-place award from Goldberg’s granddaughter.

The competition win comes on the heels of the team’s last event – the BOCES Regional STEMfest at Southern Westchester BOCES in Valhalla in March. During that STEMfest, six students designed and programmed a robot to draw a Fibonacci spiral, while three groups of two students apiece presented work on quicksand, magnetic trains and lasers.

“It was a non-competitive science fair, but judges spoke to all the participants and gave them feedback on their presentations and their work,” said Shearer. “The feedback was very positive and some judges mentioned to me how impressed they were when speaking with our students. All the boys and their families had a wonderful day.”

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