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TRIO student team place first in national STEM competition

Four Palm Beach State College TRIO Student Support Services students won first place at the STEM Bridge Building National Competition in Atlanta on Saturday, April 26. The win marks their second consecutive victory.

The students, who are all first-year college students, are Nadleyrlande Francisque, Sophonie Simeon, Nadia Nobel and Esperancia Senneus.

Livia Aragon, one of the SSS advisors, made sure the students arrived with much enthusiasm and team building spirit.

They were invited to compete after placing first in the Regional Bridge Building competition at a Student Leadership Conference at the University of Florida in Tampa last year.

“We are extremely proud of these young scholars. This impressive achievement underscores their dedication, ingenuity, and excellence in the field of engineering,” said PBSC President Ava L. Parker, J.D. “Their success not only reflects positively on their abilities but also serves as a testament to the quality of education and support they are being provided by our team here at PBSC. We congratulate our students on this outstanding accomplishment and look forward to witnessing their continued success in future endeavors.”

The materials for the competition were provided by The Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel. The students were tasked with designing and constructing a model bridge within a three-hour time limit using wooden craft balsa sticks and cyanoacrylate med density super glue. The bridge was evaluated using a hydraulic bridge tester, which pressed down on the bridge from top. No more than two craft sticks were allowed to be sintered/bonded. The building and judging took place on April 26.

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