NY Middle School students win nationwide math app

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During Black History Month in February, we celebrate African Americans and their contributions throughout history, including traffic signals, tasty treats. Like so many others we pay homage to, their inventions add a rich impact to American history.

Their dedication and hard work has paved a way for our youth to have a chance at pursuing their own dreams and goals.

That day came true for six middle school students at the Bronx Academy of Promise. King Lewis, Micheal Bonnah, Rokiatou Sissoko, Jhony Flores, Samuel Owusu, and Sherly Quezada are winners of a nationwide STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) contest made up of 350 teams in creating their own math app for Google Play.

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“I was overwhelmed because I doubted that we would win. It was a long run,” Rokia said in a NBC News report earlier this month. “And when I found out that we won, I was happy because all of the work that we did – staying after school, coming to school early.”

Backed by Verizon these dedicated and enthused teens used their natural talents and STEM skills to create an inspired Zeus and Perseus app to help students enhance their computation skills. Because this is a STEM inspired project, the students were encouraged to learn computer coding.

Students who have a STEM background can enter professional fields in chemistry, trigonometry, physics, and software design. They will have the opportunity to contribute to the fastly growing field and help boost our trailing numbers in STEM education and career training.

Check out their video below.