Young engineers head to ‘STEAM Tank’ event


MANASQUAN — Two teams of students from Manasquan High School’s [MHS] Academy of Engineering will head to Atlantic City on Oct. 25 for a chance to work with Lori Greiner, QVC mogul and panel member on ABC’s hit television show “Shark Tank.”  

The students will be competing against 16 other teams from across New Jersey in the finals of the New Jersey School Boards Association [NJBSA] and U.S. Army’s STEAM Tank Challenge.

According to the NJBSA’s website, the STEAM Tank Challenge invites students in the areas of STEAM to “invent something new, modify an existing product, or identify a situation or problem that needs resolution … and present their inventions before a judging panel of entrepreneurs, business leaders and inventors.”

Amy Edwards, director of the school’s academy of engineering, said that the students began working on their projects in March of the last school year, and a total of 30 students submitted 12 project entries. Of those 12 entries, 10 were selected to compete in the Central Region semi-finals, and in May nine of those teams traveled to the Stryker United States Army Reserve Center in Trenton and presented their concepts to the judges.

“I was floored, some of the students I know that are very shy, they did a great job presenting. They really stepped it up,” said Ms. Edwards. “These are their ideas, they were passionate about this whether they’re gamers, they’re surfers, or track runners.”

Two of those ideas, The Exo Controller and The Outdoor Eco-Track, were selected to be finalists.

The students behind the Exo Controller are a team of big video game fans. They are William Bielicki, grade 12; Joe Maimone, grade 12; and Christopher Palangio, grade 11.

The Outdoor Eco-Track is made up of Marc Gargiulo, grade 12; John Heeseman, grade 12; Kevin Lin, grade 12; and Matthew Palangio, grade 11.

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