The Coalition of State Bioscience Institutes (CSBI), a group of non-profits organized to advance education, entrepreneurship and STEM workforce development, announced the winners of the STEM Voice video competition in collaboration with MdBio Foundation (Rockville, MD,) EDUCATE Center of the iBIO Institute (Chicago, IL) and the Biocom Institute (San Diego CA).
CSBI congratulates the East Regional Semi-Finalists, Demetri Sedita and Linda Xiong, selected from over 60 submissions from the East Coast and Puerto Rico. Mr. Sedita, homeschooled in Tampa, FL won the East Regional Middle School Competition. Ms. Xiong from Paul M. Dorman High School in Roebuck, SC won the East Regional High School Competition.
Congratulations to the East Region Semi-Finalists:
Demetri Sedita, Grade 5, Middle School Homeschooled, Florida
Linda Xiong, Grade 10, Paul M. Dorman High School, South Carolina
Congratulations to the East Region Honorable Mentions:
Kate Hamilton, Grade 10, Paul M. Dorman High School, South Carolina
Dylan Hayes, Grade 10, Paul M. Dorman High School, South Carolina
Marcelo Meneses, Grade 12, Radians High School, Puerto Rico
James Stuart, Grade 12, Josefina Leon Zayas High School, Puerto Rico
Zain Surka, Grade 10, Paul M. Dorman High School, South Carolina
STEM Voice is an online video competition open to all United States students in grades 5-12. Each contestant created a one-minute video designed to answer one of two questions – Why is STEM important to YOU? Or who is your STEM hero and why?
Central and West Regional Middle School Semi-Finalists respectively are: Alexis Lemire, Oakwood Middle School, North Canton, OH and Brianna Jones, Solana Santa Fe Elementary School, Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Central and East Regional High School winners for Central and West respectively are: Sarah Biebe, Berne Union Local Schools, Sugar Gove, OH, and Ivy Gong, Torrey Pines High School, San Diego, CA.
“CSBI is proud to produce this completion for the second year in a row,” stated Liisa Bozinovic, CSBI Co-Chair and Director of the Biocom Institute. “Watching all of the creative videos showing how students reflect on how STEM plays a role in their lives and their futures, is one of the highlights for myself and the other judges. It’s inspiring to get a glimpse of our nation’s future STEM heroes.”
The Regional STEM Voice winners receive a $500 cash award. All competing videos are available for viewing online at on the CSBI website www.csbinstitute.org, and in exhibit hall pavilions at the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s annual international convention, which will take place in Philadelphia, PA June 15-18, 2015.
About the Coalition for State Biotech Institutes (CSBI)
The Coalition for State Biotech Institutes is dedicated to ensuring America’s leadership in bioscience innovation by delivering industry-led life science education, workforce development and entrepreneurship programs through a nationally coordinated effort. Programs are uniquely positioned for life science industry to deliver, replicable in states across the U.S., extensible to other STEM industry sectors and are fully aligned with emerging K-12 Common Core Learning Standards. www.csbinstitutes.org