Valley STEM+ME2 Academy IntenTeam headed to MIT

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Valley STEM+ME2 Academy is one of 15 high school teams across the country that has been awarded a $10,000 grant through the Lemelson-MIT Foundation for the 2018-19 school year. The purpose of this grant is for high school students to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.

A group of eight students, led by Rachel Young, STEM coordinator, and Megan Kovach, English instructor, came together in the summer of 2018 with the goal of solving a real-world problem that they were passionate about.

Schools are facing a national crisis when it comes to school shootings. Valley STEM+ME2 Academy students chose to tackle this difficult issue head on.

The goal is to invent a system that will make classrooms safe and secure during an emergency situation. Students worked to write their initial grant and were awarded the funding to begin building their prototype in October of 2018. These eight students are currently in the process of creating their second prototype to present at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June of 2019.

Valley STEM+ME2 Academy InvenTeam is working to find a solution, but need help to make their efforts go even further. In order to travel to MIT in June, students need to raise approximately $6,500 to cover the cost of their trip.

Anyone interested in supporting these young inventors can contact the school at 330-729-4000, ext. 1720.

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