Seniors at the STEM High School at the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology recently presented their capstone projects. The projects come as an end to two years of intensive engineering studies and are a graduation requirement for all second-year Engineering students. The STEM High School is part of the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology, the Career and Technical Education Program of Eastern Suffolk BOCES.
Students presented to Academy administrators, industry experts, and representatives from local colleges on solutions that showed creativity, innovation, and problem-solving abilities. Their projects aimed to find common problems and pose new solutions for them.
Joseph DiBiasi, Comsewogue UFSD, worked to implement a hydrogen fuel cell that converted water to hydrogen gas that could be used in a car engine. He built a prototype that included a water bubbler and hydrogen fuel cell that connected to a lawnmower engine. Justin Rosado, Connetquot CSD, sought to battle temporary blindness caused by high-definition headlights when driving at night. He showed how a car windshield could be built out of a material that blocked blue light – ensuring that drivers would be protected from strong headlights. Hunter Fleming, Shoreham-Wading River CSD, aimed to create a more realistic walking experience for amputees by revolutionizing the way prosthetic limbs are made. He tested many materials and found one more flexible and durable than those currently used in prosthetic manufacturing.
Students presented their prototypes and explained how their new inventions could change the world. They answered questions about their designs and described their inspiration and research. Each student used cost comparisons to show how their innovations could be implemented at a low cost to consumers and manufacturers, incentivizing the use of the innovations.
“These students have been working so hard on this for two years,” said Sabrina Oliver, an Engineering teacher at the STEM High School. “You sometimes forget that they’re regular high school students. They’re brilliant and dedicated, but then they sometimes sleep late – and you remember they’re still students.”