Sophomore STEM students were the first to pilot the unmanned aerial vehicles. They flew DJI Phantom 3 Advanced and Standard aircraft. They practiced flight maneuvers and capturing images and videos on the football field this week. For more news, like our Facebook page, Brandon STEM Pathways Academy. Also please follow us on Twitter, @PDzbanski.
Pictured: Sarah Burgess, Kim Kozloff, Katie Gerhardt, Rose Ault, Logan Owen, Andrew Keating. Not pictured: Jacob Donders, Ben Eckert, Sara Heines, Wade Murphy, Samantha Wardell, and Katie Yeacker.
Ortonville, Michigan, Monday, June 22, 2015 – A team of twelve Brandon Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) chemistry students competed in the first ever Michigan State University Biodiesel Competition. The competition began with students developing a recipe for their own biodiesel by experimenting with different types of feedstock oils like peanut oil and soybean oil, different alcohols, and appropriate enzymes. Once they determined what combination produced the best biodiesel product at the chemistry bench in a small batch, they scaled up that formulation to produce about 50 gallons (200L) in a chemical manufacturing facility. This required the team to produce a batch record, a chemical manufacturing document that provides all of the production instructions for the chemical manufacturing facility. The team also produced a short video to advertise their product.
The team won prizes in the areas of video presentation, accurate in-depth discussion material, and supporting calculations, for a total of $1000 in prize money. The competition was administrated by Michigan State University’s Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Department and Prima Civitas, a non-profit economic and community development organization in Michigan. The competition was funded by a grant from the Dreyfus Special Grant Program in Chemical Sciences.
Brandon STEM Pathways is a highly focused program that begins in ninth grade at Brandon High School. The program is for learners who are highly motivated and are looking to enter careers in areas in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Brandon STEM Teams Perform Well at the Michigan Department of Transportation 2015 Bridge Challenge
Ortonville, Michigan, Tuesday, May 25, 2015 – The Brandon Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Pathway freshmen attended the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) State Bridge Building Challenge for the sixth consecutive year, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. Brandon High School was represented by 45 students on fifteen teams in the 9th and 10th grade division. In this year’s challenge the students researched and built a cable stayed bridge. The day of the competition, the students’ bridges were strength tested by MDOT engineers and then ranked by strength to weight ratio. Teams also made oral presentations to industry professionals describing their overall project experience. Although Brandon did not take home an award this year, they are proud to report that four of the Brandon teams were ranked in the top ten of the 42 teams in their division. One hundred forty one teams from all over Michigan participated in the this year’s challenge at the Amway Center in Grand Rapids.
Ortonville, Michigan, Tuesday, March 17, 2015 – Brandon Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Pathway freshmen entered the 2015 Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Bridge Competition. In the 9th and 10th grade division of the competition, three-member teams design and build balsa wood cable stayed bridges. This project tests their ability to work as a team, their attention to detail, their time management skills, and their problem solving skills. To qualify for the state competition, teams are required to prepare a written bridge proposal and a bridge design, using MDOT drafting software.
In total, twenty- four Brandon teams submitted documents for consideration. Fifteen team entries have been accepted and these teams will continue on to compete in the 9th and 10th grade division in Grand Rapids, on April 21st, against teams from all over Michigan. Half of their score will be determined by their bridge model performance. MDOT engineers inspect the bridges for compliance to design criteria and then weigh and strength test them. Their strength to weight ratios will be calculated and compared to other competitors. The other half of their score is based on a 7-10 minute oral presentation, again to MDOT engineers. In this presentation, teams must share their overall experience including their research, engineering design process application, and their design, construction, and teamwork challenges. The freshmen have been working on this project since last October.
The nine remaining teams, while not qualifying for the state contest, will compete against each other locally. The MDOT Bridge Challenge is in its 14th year. It is a part of MDOT’s Transportation and Civil Engineering (TRAC) Program , a hands on educational program designed for integration into science, math, and social science classes. Brandon STEM students have entered this competition every year since the STEM program began in the 2010-2011 school year.
Ortonville, Michigan, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 –Brandon STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Pathway’s students competed in the 48th Annual Math Field Day at the University of Michigan – Flint, on Friday, March 6th. Seniors Erik Boyle and Justin Ritenburgh, Junior Sullivan (Sully) Tomich, and Sophomores Avery Bills and Kou Moua represented Brandon at the university. A total of twenty-five schools from all over Michigan participated this year. Brandon competes in the medium school division alongside Alma, DeWitt, E. Grand Rapids, Goodrich, Grand Rapids Catholic, Greenhills, Okemos, and Swartz Creek. The competition is a series of individual and team math challenges including Chalk Talk, Leapfrog, Mad Hatter, Team Essay, Huddle, Swiss Game, and Relay. Although Brandon STEM did not receive a medal in this year’s competition, the team performed well and underclassmen look forward to vindication next year. This is the fourth year that STEM has competed in UM - Flint’s Math Field Day.
Brandon STEM Team Takes Top Honors at Michigan Department of Transportation 2014 Bridge Challenge
Ortonville, Michigan, Monday, April 21, 2014 -- The Brandon Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Pathways Academy attended the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) State Bridge Building Challenge on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Brandon High School was represented by a record fifty-one students on seventeen teams in the ninth and tenth grade division. In the 2014 challenge, students designed and built a cantilever through truss bridge. On competition day, their bridges were tested for their strength to weight ratio and the three person teams made a seven to ten minute presentation to MDOT Civil Engineers about their engineering experience.
In this fifth year of competition, Brandon STEM students brought home a 1st place with a ratio of 2311.3 and an excellent team presentation to challenge judges, Team Squad: freshmen Kevin Bickett, Ethan Hunt, and Nolan Tews, claimed the top spot in their division. One hundred twenty-eight teams from all over the state of Michigan participated in the challenge this year in Lansing at the Lansing Center.
The Brandon STEM Pathways Academy is a highly focused program that begins in ninth grade at Brandon High
School. The program is for learners who are highly motivated and are looking to enter careers in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Ortonville, Michigan, Friday, March 15, 2014-- The Brandon Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Pathways Academy qualified a record fifty-one freshman students for the 2014 Michigan Department of Transportation State Bridge Building Competition. Seventeen teams of three students will travel to the Lansing Center on April 16th, 2014, to compete the next day with teams from all over the state. Here is the list of teams attending this year: Team Bacon - Katherine Mullen, Samantha Bracellari, Ryan Radlicki; Team Squad - Nolan Tews, Kevin Bickett, Ethan Hunt; LMNOP - Lili Bacon, Madison Delreal, Natalie Halligan; Brains and Braids - Lauren Donnellson, Katherine O’Neill, Lauren Zajac; JDW - Jack Olson, Dusty Dickens, Waleed El-Chaer; You Can’t Beat Us - Miranda Campe, Sarah Abbott, Elayna St. Amour; Troll Town Thunder - Adam Mickle, Matthew Flickinger, Josh Eckert; Brandon Bridge Builders - Seth Jackson, Nick Pittiglio, Kou Moua; Bob the Bridge - Nikki Seelbinder, SarahAnn Buda, Katerina Leskie; BCP - Cole Hawkins, Brianna McArthur, Paige Detavernier; 007 - David Roberts, Kaytlyn Powell, Gillian Noonan; The Wolverines - Kendell Parsons, Thomas Rowden, Breeana Atherton; Nerd Herd - Sydney Hickmott, Katianne Rausch, Courtney Rose; The Boss and Her Boys - Emma Hubbard, Avery Bills, Hunter Schulze; The Bat Team - Alexis Johnson, Paige O’Neill, Harley Pawley; Truss Trio - Audrey Barratt-McCartney, Allan O’Neill, Shawna Gray; and The Cantaloupers - Lily Stotz, Christina Quirk, Trent Egan.
This will be the fifth year that the Brandon STEM Pathways Academy has competed in the Bridge Challenge. Students attending get the opportunity to present their solution to the challenge in a formal presentation to Michigan Department of Transportation engineers from all over the state. They also get to test their design for its strength to weight ratio. The program has been preparing for the competition all year, and all of the participants are looking forward to a good showing at the Lansing Center in April.
Ortonville, Michigan, Monday, March 10, 2014 -- The Brandon Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Pathways Academy students competed in the 47th Annual Math Field Day at the University of Michigan – Flint on Friday, March 7. The Academy competed in the medium school division with Detroit Catholic Central, Dewitt, East Grand Rapids, Goodrich, Okemos, Swartz Creek, and Grand Rapids Catholic. The Brandon STEM Pathways Academy took five of their brightest math students to compete in five events, Chalk Talk, Leapfrog, Mad Hatter A, Mad Hatter B, and the Team Essay. Brandon STEM Pathways Academy was able to bring home a 2nd place medal in the Mad Hatter B Event, thanks to the performance of Sullivan Tomich! The Mad Hatter B Event is a rapid computation and reasoning contest in which 40 problems are presented on a screen and the students have a maximum of one minute per question in which to respond. Representing Brandon for Math Field Day were Nathan Zimmerman, Justin Ritenburgh, Sullivan Tomich, Rose Ault, and Sarah Burgess. This is the third year the Academy has competed in the competition and the third medal won by students in the Academy.
Ortonville, Michigan, Wednesday, April 22, 2013 -- The Brandon Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Pathways Academy attended the Michigan Department of Transportation’s State Bridge Building Challenge on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Brandon High School was represented by twenty-one students on seven teams in the ninth and tenth grade division. The 2013 challenge, students were to give a seven to ten minute presentation to MDOT Civil Engineers as well as design and build a bascule bridge which was tested for its strength to weight ratio. Students from the Academy were able to bring home 3rd and 4th place finishes in the Bascule Bridge Challenge. Finishing in Fourth place was Team Duke consisting of students Mackenzie Bolton, Hannah Sample, and Andrew Hayduk. Coming in 3rd Place was Team SSR consisting of students Sara Heines, Sandra Peters and Randi Jannette. Over 400 teams from all over the state of Michigan participated in the challenge this year in Lansing at the Lansing Center. This is the fourth year the Academy has participated in the competition and looks forward to sending more successful teams in the future.
The Brandon STEM pathways Academy is a highly focused program that begins in ninth grade at Brandon High School. The program is for learners who are highly motivated and are looking to enter careers in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. STEM is key to today's global economy. In order for America to compete in today's world market, learners must be prepared to enter the workforce with the necessary skills to compete for tomorrow's jobs. Learners must be able to think critically and able to solve problems that haven't even been discussed today.