PM team competes in STEM Jobs First competition

Kudos to the Penn Manor High School STEM Team, which placed in the top four in the recent Governor’s Jobs First STEM regional competition at Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13.

The team of Josh Adams, Kevin Ward, Ryan Witmer, Devin Collins and Nathaniel Shenk developed a prototype roadside deer repellent system designed to reduce deer/vehicle accidents. During the competition, team members gave a presentation on the device to a panel of judges.

The students also had to partner with a local STEM-related business and report to the judges on how STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) is used within the Penn Manor community to solve problems.

The final challenge involved teamwork, as the students had to design, problem-solve and develop a device that could transport an egg 10 feet in the air onto a two-foot diameter target.  The egg could not break or crack during the exercise.

“The Penn Manor STEM team represented us very well,” said team adviser Barry Groff, an applied engineering and  technology teacher at Penn Manor High School.

“Students displayed great skills in leadership, teamwork, math, science and critical thinking.”

The Jobs First STEM program was established in 2015 to expose more students to STEM jobs, skills and concepts. At Penn Manor, STEM Team members are selected based on recommendations from applied engineering and technology faculty members.

Penn Manor STEM Team members include, from left, Josh Adams, Kevin Ward, Ryan Witmer and Nathaniel Shenk.
Penn Manor STEM Team members include, from left, Josh Adams, Kevin Ward, Ryan Witmer and Nathaniel Shenk. Not pictured: Devin Collins.