Students in regional STEM competition

| February 12, 2020

STEM Competition  2-2020WEBIn a tightly-contested competition, Solanco earned a hard-fought third place finish in the Pennsylvania Governor’s regional STEM Competition (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Solanco’s team members are, left to right in the photo, Caroline Arrowsmith, Gabi Dolan, Jenna Brown, Owen¬†Brazelton, Jack Hertzler. Their entry in the competition involved the unique and important use of drones to help save lives. “Their device, the Mobile Emergency Naloxone Distributor (MEND), earned praise from the judges for tackling a legitimate¬†problem in Pennsylvania,” Solanco STEM coach and high school teacher Caley Roark said. “The MEND is a long-range drone that distributes Naloxone (Narcan) to opioid overdose victims prior to the arrival of the EMS. By trimming minutes off of EMS response time, the hope is that more lives can be saved.” The drone and its controls can be seen in the photo, held by Owen Brazelton and Jack Hertzler.

This is the third consecutive year that Solanco has finished in the top 3, having won the regional competition the past two years. Only four points separated the top three teams in this year’s contest. “The team would like to thank teacher and EMT Leslie McRobbie for her help in understanding the intricacies of Narcan delivery; and Solanco alumni and aviation expert Garrett Duvall for his advice regarding unmanned aircraft,” Roark said.

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Keith Kaufman is the Director of Community Relations for Solanco School District. 786-5617.

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