The Hebrew Academy of Cleveland’s Beatrice Stone Yavne High School in Beachwood held its third annual Exhibition of Innovation Fair on May 28. The ninth-grade STEM class presented their capstone projects and demonstrated prototypes of inventions they designed to solve everyday problems. Under the direction and guidance of their teacher, Elene Feigenbaum, students programmed Arduino microcontrollers connected to electronic sensors and actuators.

Inventions include a mechanism to wake up a sleeping driver, a bracelet to help a blind person navigate, and an anti-theft luggage device using fingerprint recognition. Students, working in collaborative groups, also practiced budgeting for materials, creating commercials for their products, and designing parts to be printed on a 3D printer. This principles of engineering curriculum utilizes the CIJE-Tech High School Program created by Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education, an organization that promotes STEM education in Jewish day schools across the country.

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