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BAHS Students take STEM Award at Bloomsburg Fair

Picture of the Stem Contest setup. BLOOMSBURG – A team of Berwick Area High School students recently took 1st place in the STEM Competition at the Bloomsburg Fair. Coming with the victory is a $10,000 check to Berwick Area High School, sponsored by the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation, The Foundation of the Columbia-Montour Chamber of Commerce and Martz Technologies.

Gianna Popko, Dallas Schechterly, Mia Doll, Tim Maron, Colt McAninch, Luis Donayre and Sydney Lloyd created their presentation entitled “Benny the Bunny” under the direction of Berwick Area High School Science Teacher Matt Shrader. The students are enrolled in Mr. Shrader’s Advanced Placement (AP) Electromagnetism Physics Class and the Berwick STEM Program.

The students designed a computer program using QB64 (a BASIC emulator) with the goal of providing pediatricians with a tool to receive more reliable information on the health/wellness choices of their elementary school age patients in an efficient and enjoyable manner.

The program creates a story around a character “Benny the Bunny” that instructs the child-patient to make choices about how Benny spends his day – if Benny spent his day the way the child does. The choices reflect the child’s dietary habits, living arrangements, school social interactions, and basic hygiene habits.

At the end of the survey, the program provides an animated story for the child depicting Benny’s day using the information the child has provided. This program/app would be given to the child in the waiting area, with the information from the survey provided to the pediatrician electronically, allowing the doctor to make more informed decisions about encouraging healthier lifestyle choices.

Central Columbia took 2nd place in the competition. Midd-West High School placed 3rd.

The Berwick STEM Team was recognized at the October meeting of the Berwick Area School District Board of Directors.