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SEM Set to Compete at the Buffalo Science Museum Maker Faire

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Saturday, May 20 SEM students will have their chance to show their projects to the world and be judged among peers at the annual Maker Faire. Emma Hammel, Maggie McCullogh, Jacqueline Stephenson, Alexandra Galbraith, Sarah Hamdan, Alicia Land and Claire Vlachos will compete in  engineering, Make It, and coding.

Student exhibitors enter the museum for free. Family and friends can purchase at the door or online. Adults: $11, Children $8.

Winners in each category of will be announced at SEM’s STEAM award ceremony at an extended morning meeting on Friday, May 26.  There will be one winner per category.

Our guest speaker at the ceremony is Julia D’Rozario. Julia graduated from the SUNY at Oswego in December 2016 where she obtained her BS and BA in both Physics and Cinema and Screen Studies. She completed her minor in Astronomy by May 2016. Throughout her undergraduate career, Julia rowed on the varsity rowing team and was a part of several other clubs. She has attended local, regional and national physics conferences to present her research at invited talks. She is the illustrator of the concise physics textbook Electromagnetism: Problems and Solutions, and is currently working on the illustrations for the second volume Electrodynamics: Problems and Solutions. She was nominated for the Chancellor’s Student Award for Excellence in 2017. She will be attending the Rochester Institute of Technology to obtain her PhD in Microsystems Engineering starting August 2017.

Our Judges at the Maker Faire:

Engineering:   10 am – 11:30 pm

Jeff Poblocki
Jeff is the Director of Technology and a robotics instructor at The Gow School. He has a background in Information Technology but has been teaching Robotics for the last 6 years. Each year in the robotics class students build two 120lb BattleBots, and travel to California to compete against teams from all over the world.

Alicia Deck
Alicia teaches math and engineering classes at Bishop Timon – St. Jude High School. Alicia feels that project-based learning is one of the best ways to learn and to develop a higher level of thinking. She loves seeing what students are capable of creating and is happy to have the opportunity to help judge.

Make It   11:30 am – 1 pm

Heather Gring
Heather is the archivist at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York. In 2008, she received a BA with honors in Art History from UB. In 2013, she earned a dual MA from the University of British Columbia in Library and Information Science and Archival Studies. Since returning to Buffalo, she has been active in preserving and making accessible the rich artistic history of western New York as well as facilitating the creation of new works of art and cultural experiences.

Tamera Knight
Tamera acts as the Education Program Director at The Foundry where she builds youth and adult education programming to explore careers in the trades, STEM fields, and consider different avenues to entrepreneurship. She was born and raised in Portland, OR and studied Environmental Engineering at UB.

Coding:   1 – 2:30 pm

Faith Ocasio
Faith is a User Experience Designer at Liazon – her primary focus is making sure that the software is intuitive and works well for the users. Faith is excited to see young women interested in coding, and inspired by the creativity and effort she sees in the girls at SEM.

Wendy Saglime
Wendy graduated with a BS in Computer Engineering from UB in 2016 and work as a software engineer at Sentient Science. She helps mechanical engineers take an idea from a prototype script and turn it into a scalable piece of software for products. She also helps build the infrastructure needed to analyze data. Before her software career, Wendy studied abroad and got a BA in three languages from the University of Delaware in 2010, then lived in China and Taiwan. Now she lives in East Aurora with her husband Frank, and is thrilled that she gets to write software that Sentient Science uses every day!

 

 

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  1. Julia Beck on May 22nd, 2017 8:40 PM

    The following is a link to people who actually competed. https://sites.google.com/a/buffaloseminary.org/2017-steam-challenge/

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