Blanchester High School recently hosted a local STEM commercialization competition. Called the “Believe In Ohio” program, it requires students to identify a problem that they see in the world, develop a STEM technology to solve the problem, then prepare a commercialization plan based on this technology in an attempt to justify funding their project.
Through this program, the Ohio Academy of Science provides students throughout Ohio with cash awards at local competitions and a statewide competition in May.
In the Blanchester competition, more than 30 students participated and $1,500 in prize money was awarded. Seven projects won cash awards, and a total of nine projects qualified for the regional competition in late March.
Students who received prizes at the local level included Anna Tobler, Brendan Daugherty, Sam Schafer, Sabrina Duncan, Merri Lindsey, Tanner Green, Sean McCarty, Casey McCollister, Kylie Jung, Brooke Honaker, Emma Gundler, and Josi Farrow. Additional regional qualifiers include Bryce Dickison, Harbor Lovin, and Hunter Collier.
Blanchester’s principal, Rick Hosler, expressed his appreciation of the program.
“The Believe in Ohio program is a great program,” he said. “The projects our students came up with are fantastic. We appreciate the time dedicated by our teachers, our students and their parents, and the project judges.”
Students will now incorporate judges’ feedback into their commercialization plans and send these on to the regional competition in late March.