MIAMI-DADE — Students from a young, private school in Northeast Miami are champions of the first Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition.
Winners Natasha Dulcio, Scott Michel, Davidson Delton and Bianca Montilus attend Yvonne Learning Center, a K-12 school focused on a “rigorous curriculum in a Christian environment.”
An App challenge, eight teams of students from District 24 schools Miami Edison Senior High, Booker T. Washington Senior High, Monsignor Edward Pace High School, Miami Northwestern Senior High, Miami Springs Senior High School and Yvonne Learning Center presented software applications they created for mobile, tablet or computer devices.
Natasha Dulcio, Scott Michel, Davidson Delton and Bianca Montilus wowed the judges with the mobile app they created and presented called “Yummy.”
The “Yummy” app for teenagers 13 to 19 helps students make healthy eating choices and put together health meals for themselves with what’s available at home. The Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Academic Competition was established by members of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013 and is designed to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM education fields. Congresswoman Frederica Wilson hosted the event, which was held at Miami Dade College North Campus May 15.
Wilson, who represents District 24, said she recognizes the need for innovation and creativity among our nation’s future leaders.
“Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education is critical. Our students must be equipped with science and technology-based skills in order to be competitive in today’s job market, to strengthen our workforce and meet demands of our changing industries.
A well-educated and well-trained workforce is also essential to the economic growth of our country,” said Wilson, who is a former school teacher, principal, Miami-Dade County School Board member, and current member of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce and the U.S. House Committee on Space, Science and Technology.
The winning “app” will be featured on Wilson’s website at http://wilson.house.gov/